Back in June or July of 2005 the youngest entling and I made our way over to Blue Willow Bookshop to hear this guy named Rick Riordan talk about his new book, The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1).
The entling finished it before night fell and the book became my carry-along book anytime I was subbing in a library.
The rest is history.
In the years that have passed, I have had moving conversations with parents who tell me how much they owe to Riordan because his books were the ones that turned their child (and usually it is a son) into a reader.
I have only missed one Percy Jackson signing. That was last year and I really did have to attend entling no. 2's college graduation. They were the same weekend. It was hard. I had to really, really think about it.
In about fifteen minutes, my youngest and I will saddle up to see RRR one more time and have him sign The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 5)..
There were less than 30 people in the store that first time we saw him. Today, they are using the campus of my old high school because they expect so many people.
It has been a grand ride.
Thank you, Rick.
You are a rockstar.