Adaptability, resourcefulness, and a little luck

September 25, 2014 • Posted in blindness, Hanni, questions kids ask, Uncategorized, visiting libraries, Whitney by

Hanni and I making our exit from a classroom at Fairview Elementary School back in 2010.

Back in 2010 I wrote a blog post about a visit to Fairview Elementary School in a Chicago suburb called Mt. Prospect. A first-grader there asked one of my all-time favorite questions:

“How do you know if you picked a four-leaf clover?”

That little girl must be in fifth grade now, and I’m hoping she might show up at our presentation at Mt. Prospect Public Library this Sunday afternoon to ask even more fun questions like that one.

Our presentation starts at 2 p.m. this Sunday, September 28 in Room 154 at the Mt. Prospect Public Library, 10 S Emerson St., Mt. Prospect, Ill. From the library web site:

Beth Finke is an author, teacher, journalist, NPR commentator, and recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. She also happens to be blind. Her children’s book about Seeing Eye dogs, Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound is featured on the Martha Speaks Read Aloud Book Club on PBS and won an ASPCA Henry Berg Award for children’s literature. Come meet Beth and her dog and find out more about the job of a Seeing Eye dog. Beth’s heartfelt and funny stories will leave you smiling and knowing a lot more about adaptability and resourcefulness.

The presentation is free, and the library recommends it for children in kindergarten through grade 5 and families. Registration is not required, but if you know you’re coming they’d appreciate you registering just to get a read, ahem, on how many to expect. Ellen Sandmeyer of Sandmeyer’s Bookstore in Chicago is driving Whitney and me to the event, and she’ll be selling copies of Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound and Long Time, No See for me to sign for anyone interested afterwards.

I’m really looking forward to all of this, I just wish I’d checked the NFL schedule before we booked, ahem, this gig. Earlier this week I found out we’ll be giving our presentation right when the Chicago Bears are playing the Green Bay Packers. Rats. With so many Chicagoans glued to their T.V. sets, I wondered if anyone would show up at the library.

Eyebrows up! I just talked with a youth services librarian, and they have 30 people registered already! See what can happen when you have to feel a four-leaf clover over and over again to make sure you have the count right?

Jen Ulen On September 25, 2014 at 8:49 am

As simple as this post is, it made me so happy this morning. Wishing everyone a eyebrows up, four leaf clover kind of day! Good luck with your presentation, hopefully you will be presented a four leaf clover! Can’t wait to see you super soon!

bethfinke On September 25, 2014 at 9:06 am

Sometimes simple is best, eh? And yes, October will be here before we know it — can’t wait to hold that baby daughter of yours.

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Sheila A. Donovan On September 25, 2014 at 10:35 am

My heart strings were just plucked by the quote from that child. Such concern for you.

bethfinke On September 26, 2014 at 9:11 am

Agree. She made me feel good!

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Judy Spock On September 25, 2014 at 11:54 am

Hi, Beth! Keep on happenin¹ kiddo! Soon, Judy Spock

From: Safe & Sound blog Reply-To: Safe & Sound blog Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:25:40 +0000 To: Judith Spock Subject: [New post] Adaptability, resourcefulness, and a little luck

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bethfinke On September 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Will do. Let the sunshine in, my groovy friend!

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Leone Anderson On September 25, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Enjoying your blogs, Beth. And Mike’s, too. May all your clovers be
four-leafed!

bethfinke On September 25, 2014 at 5:03 pm

“Thanks, Lee — as they sing in the song, “One leaf is sunshine, the second is rain Third is the roses that grow in the lane!”

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The Empty Pen On September 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm

That’s my neighborhood! I’ll see if I can get out of the familial watching of players toss the pigskin to come say hi.

bethfinke On September 25, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Wow! I know I wouldn’t stand a chance if it were a *soccer* game, but sounds like you just might show up –that’d be swell!

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Nancy Faust On September 26, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Joe and i are feeling lucky too as we’ll be seeing you and Whitney this Sunday.

bethfinke On September 26, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Hooray!

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beckylpcbecky On September 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm

What a sweet question and love, of course, your amazing way with words.

bethfinke On September 28, 2014 at 10:26 am

Oh, Becky, your compliment to my “way with words” is well-timed. For years I have been working on a book about those memoir classes I lead, and the other day I reviewed my writing and groaned, thought it was awful, who would ever read this? Just a bad day. At least I hope that was all it was! ! Your comment today helps me think perhaps my writing is better than all that. THANKS.

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