Last night, my book tour took me to Kansas City, and I loved being in my home town, even just for one night.
The event was co-sponsored by the Kansas City Public Library and Rainy Day Books, and it was tons of fun. It made me especially happy to be speaking at the Plaza branch, a place that played a huge role in my childhood. The building has been renovated, so the familiar downstairs children’s room, with its distinctive, wonderful smell, is gone…I remember so well the first few times that I strayed upstairs to look at the adult shelves, instead of heading down the stairs. Nothing else in my life has felt like such a significant passage to adulthood. The new building is terrific, but alas, the two-story clear tube of bubbling water that, inexplicably, graced the library is now gone.
As my parents and I were leaving the house to head to the library, I got the message that The Happiness Project is again at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, for the third week, where it has been such publication! Quite a morale-booster before speaking.
* Interested in starting your own happiness project? If you’d like to take a look at my personal Resolutions Chart, for inspiration, just email me at gretchenrubin1 [at] gmail [.com] — and don’t forget the “1″. (Sorry about writing it in that roundabout way; I’m trying to thwart spammers.) Just write “Resolutions Chart” in the subject line.