I took my mom to see Anne LaMott on Wednesday for her birthday. It was a spur of the moment decision to buy the tickets and then they came with a copy of her book so it made it an easier decision. It was lovely. We had a nice dinner just the two of us and then walked a few blocks to a beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright church. There were about 800 of us. I couldn't believe how many people were there. She is hilarious and so honest. She has no filter. She said it was all because of age that she doesn't care anymore what people think of her. I love her frankness. You know where she stands. she stopped in the middle of speaking to see if someone in one of the front rows would clean her glasses. She said, "you know how that is." and then once they were cleaned, "ahh, that is so much better, thanks." Her book, "Small Victories" is all about how there are so many moments of grace to be enjoyed in our lives. She took us through the history of how the book came to be. The process by which it evolved. So interesting. She said that crying waters the earth and who knows what seed a bird has dropped that you might be watering. I love that. Then someone asked her what seed might be waiting to sprout and she said she didn't know. She was so honest that she had no idea what was next. She said she knows what is happening in November and then after that... no idea! Ha, I love that to.
Awkward picture of me and her. I told her it was my mom's birthday and she drew a birthday cake with a candle in my mom's book. I love you Anne LaMott. Thanks for putting yourself out there. Thanks for seeing the beauty in the everyday and talking about it. Thanks for making prayer so simple.