I’ve spent the past week in Minneapolis with my dad (88 years old) and my older sister Cynthia Gill. While visiting Dad, I opened Andreo’s Race to the page that dedicates the book to him, and held it up to him as he lay in bed recovering from a fall. What a great smile spread across his face, and my son Jeremy (who joined us for a visit to his grandpa and aunt) read it to him for a while.

For Cynthia and me, of course, it was a reunion during which we recounted the fun and stress of co-writing Jump-Starting Boys. While in Minneapolis, Jeremy and I also visited two of Cynthia’s sons and their kids. A fun family reunion and I still feel the warmth of our many hugs!