February 28, 2015
We laughed, we cried . . .
This afternoon, I spoke at Seattle University’s Search for Meaning Book Festival. I was flattered to be asked, and after my talk they immediately sold out of my books . . . granted, they only stocked 10 copies, but just ignore that 😉
I do love the public speaking thing. It’s a good season in my life and I do believe that I have some interesting things to say. It has not been an easy journey nor one that I intended to travel, but here we are.
If you have ever heard me speak about race, you know that we have a good time. I hope folks find our time together enjoyable, experience a few aha moments, and are convicted to talk about race a little differently in the future.
In honor of the Oscars, here the awards given at my talk this afternoon*.
Best Compliment that I am going to take as a complement even if it wasn’t meant to be a complement goes to —
After I was done speaking, a woman can up and said, “You could be a born-again Baptist minister.”
Most awkward comment about my spouse goes to —
Intending to refer to my wife, I said, “My mother . . .” and there really was not getting out of it. So glad this was not a psychology conference.
Best, “I may have wept” response goes to —
Yosh Nakagawa stood up at the end of my talk and thanked me for my work. Damn dust.
I know that I will not be in this speaking ministry season forever, but these few interactions to reminded me why I feel called to this kind if work for now.
See you tomorrow.
*Awards were not really “given” and the awards were voted on by the committee of My, Myself, and I.