My friends really took this moment to shine. I had a surprise visit from a friend who took the bus from DC. Others came out in support even though they were super pregnant or toting fresh infants. My Bennington friends were out in numbers. Twitter friends. NC friends. One Story friends. Scribner friends. I wanted to hug everyone, and I think I did.
My lovely agent, Julie Barer, took this picture. I wonder if it was taken when I was explaining how I had an intellectual awakening as a cheerleader?