The much awaited adventure of the summer has come true. After 6-months of planning, organising, and creating connections in city I’d never been to before, I hosted a book reading in San Francisco on 24th June 2017. Despite all the work, the event almost didn’t happen – my tooth started acting up two days before my flight. But eventually, things turned out well and my “world book tour” came true.
My friend Matt and his wife Emily supported me with the book reading and provided amazing space on their property. Just 15 minutes north from the Golden Gate Bridge, we read the book in cedar woods with a pool and waterslide.
Unlike in London, where we drank coffee and tea and sat by a fireplace, this book reading had some new activities. Matt and I shared about how we decided to make this happen and I read from the book. I asked the children to write down what their dreams. Then they discussed three steps how to accomplish them with their parents. The replies were amazing.
One boy wanted to work in Google while his 9-year-old brother wanted to “have a family and be successful”. When I asked him how he planned to “be successful”, he said something I didn’t expect.
“I’ll dream it, plan it, do it.”
It was not something I would expect from a boy his age, but I heard more similar answers in California. The children talked about career and family and wanted to meet celebrities or become ones. I also noticed a familiar reply such as “I want to be a mermaid”. I love the answer for its unlimited imagination and possibility.
After the book reading, the children had an opportunity to use a huge water slide and take a swim in pool. And what would an amazing party be without burgers, hot dogs and cookies? We had it all. The parents looked as pleased as their kids, but what made me happiest was a question one parent asked their child. “What did you get from the book reading?” The boy paused for a moment to think, then replied, “That I should always pursue my dream.”
When I heard what the boy said, I knew I accomplished what I came for. The boy could not get it better. Always chase your dream and never give up!