I had the wonderful pleasure to met my favorite author Tom Robbins this weekend! He was being honored at the Library of Virginia. If you had asked me if I would ever met Tom Robbins, I would have never in my wildest dreams thought that would happen. If you had said it would be because this Texas gal ended up in Richmond. I would have laughed. If you had said I would be wearing a formal cocktail dress, and be decked to the nines in fabulous jewelry (worn in honor of my late step-mother, Emyl Jenkins, they were her’s). I would have had to say, that is the craziest thing I have ever heard (yes even crazier than some of the characters in Tom Robbins novels). And yet, that is what happened.
I began reading him when I was 15 years old. I started with Still Life with Woodpecker. I hate to say this but his writing ruined me from being able to read fiction. His was so funny, so real, so unreal, so deep, and so light… it was a journey. He opened my eyes to both a world that I would never know and a world that existed more than this reality. His words demanded to be read out loud. They were fun, and serious. I won’t bore you with the a list of quotes from his novels (ok, I might later but not in the post) or the fact that he is also the reason I failed part of the 10th grade because I refused to put his books down till I had devoured them at least one time each. Apparently I thought that I could get away with bringing his book to class with me and hiding in the corner of the class reading. It worked, the teachers left me alone, however I will have to say summer school was not fun. Either way, through him my hunger for art and religion started. I started to compare and relate things. I started to create.
And through him I learned that “It is never to late to have a happy childhood.”
So here is to creating, to your childhood idols, and to life coming full circle.
That handsome man laughing like a game show host is my wonderful husband.
I also was able to get my very loved copy of Jitterbug Perfume Signed.
If you don’t know who he is and his connection to Richmond, check out this great article in the Richmond Times Dispatch.