One of the two books of mine that I’m selling has a setting of Mexico. When I worked with youth in California, there were several years that we went down to Baja for a week at a time to work on church buildings and on building relationships in the little village of La Mission. This was not far from Ensenada, where my first picture book, Cups Held Out, takes place.
Every year that I was there, I was in charge of feeding the group. Anyone who knows me will find this laughable as I don’t cook. I had the great good fortune to marry someone who likes to cook, and so I leave that to him. Washing dishes is my forte. But my meal preparation on these trips was all set up in advance by a very organized person (Rachel), and I just had to open cans and heat things up for the most part.
La Mission is perched on the side of a very steep hill. I have memories of trekking down to the little store at the bottom of the hill, buying bottles of pop for the kids, and climbing back up the hill, bottles clinking. The mornings were so clear and new–we had no electricity or bathrooms so we felt more connected to the earth. Roosters crowed across the valley. Our washing water came from a reservoir built deep in the ground with cement bricks. We dropped a bucket down inside to retrieve the water. The rustic nature of our time there made it seem like more of a real life.
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, and in remembrance of those simple days, I am selling my two picture books at two for the price of one, starting now and continuing through May 5. You can buy two of Cups Held Out, or two of Julia’s Words, or one of each. To get this price, ($10.00, plus $2.99 s/h) buy one on the buy button (under the “books” tab) and leave me a message as to the other one you want included with it. I think this will work–hopefully with five days to play with we can make sure it does. Plenty of time to ask and answer questions.
Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone!