Walking my dog this afternoon, I was greeted by a bunch of eleven year old girls in front of the cafe. They all greeted the dog as well as me (on school nights the younger kids take turns walking him up and down in front of the cafe, but these girls were older and more sophisticated. They also know me well enough to simply call me Wendy and not just shout "There's Wendy Orr!" or "How's your movie, Wendy Orr?")

So they asked what I was working on now, and I told them it was called Raven's Peak and luckily enough, was able to assure them it would be in their age range. They asked intelligent questions, as they always do, and I tried to answer in the same way.

I wonder if there are any other jobs that let an adult discuss something with children, seriously and as equals? What a privilege!

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