I find it a bit disturbing that I have now taken to introducing myself as Miss Rumphius. After all, I don't look anything like the lady in the book, though I do try to act like her. I guess if you know me through blogging, it isn't really so strange. Today while the morning conference session was breaking up and we were heading to lunch, I walked by a woman who looked familiar (sort of). I caught of glimpse of her name tag which read Denise Johnson, College of William and Mary. It took a minute for that to register. When I realized who she was I walked over and said "Are you The Joy of Children's Literature? I'm Miss Rumphius!"
If you've met your blogging or online acquaintances in real life, you know how much fun it can be. I got to spend lunch talking to Denise about books. I also learned how amazing she is when she received an award given to outstanding teacher educators. Did you know she went back to the classroom for a year to serve as a reading specialist and while there earned National Board Certification? THAT is an amazing feat.
I'm thrilled to have met her. Here's the very blurry photographic proof. (She's the tall, striking one!)
If you haven't been to her blog, what are you waiting for? (BTW, she has written a book by the very same name, The Joy of Children's Literature. You should check that out too!)