Day 15: Chicago! My Nerdy Book Club friends, Kathy and Kelly, and I took a road trip to see Laurie Halse Anderson during Laurie’s SHOUT book tour. It was a fantastic, whirlwind trip and we listened to the conversation with Laurie and Mikki Kendall regarding #MeToo, rape, and culture. We heard from survivors and learned some valuable information that can help everyone to be better humans. My top takeaway was that we need to have these tough conversations with boys and girls, men and women — at home and in school.
It was nice to see Laurie again — we got our “annual” picture (which I realized this year will be semiannual, since she’s coming to #NerdCampMI) and spent time learning about important issues. The girls and I had fun visiting (and running into Sarah Aronson!). “Nerdy Road Trip” doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, we have a great time!
Day 16: Activist! Laurie’s visit to Chicago to talk about SHOUT and Mayor Pete’s accomplishment of reaching his donor goal of 65,000 supporters this weekend (and the sun showing itself!) inspires me. I will continue to advocate for better literacy education in our schools and access to books for all children. Life is good. #weareallhuman