(Someone, somewhere has a picture of my bun lips and Martha's bun lips in a bun-lip lock.)
And yes, I was being this goofy, even with the wise and witty Karen Cushman (love her!) sitting in our midst.
Then we engaged in some self-photography.
(Yes, you can pretend I'm giving you a hug!)
...Interesting nametag wearage.
And Jaime's video camera was ready (but Sara and I were still clueless!).
The winner of the Portfolio Show was announced.
And then (I think) our award came next. But really, I can't quite remember the order of things.
Here's what I know: I know that Steve started talking about the Member of the Year Award and that, at times, they give it to two people. This was about the time my face started to get warm and my veins started to throb. And I was thinking this can't be me and Sara because people KNOW when they get this award. Then I was thinking that I'm going to feel really stupid that I'm even thinking this could be me and Sara. But bodies must sense things because inside I was sort of freaking out. Then Steve mentioned bringing SCBWI to ALA for the first time in 2007 and I knew. My head turned and looked at everyone at the table (I think it was the first time I allowed myself to move...because remember I was freaking out but attempting to look cool). Then Sara turned (she was in front of me) and we locked eyes in an is-this-happening sort of way.
I believe there are a couple of videos of what Steve said and our reactions. Now that should be a kick to watch.
That fast Sara and I found ourselves on stage, plaques in our hands, saying something (I don't remember what we said).
When I got back to my seat to watch Bonny accept her Golden Kite...
After, Sara and I posed for some pictures with the founders of SCBWI, Lin Oliver and Steve Mooser.
As the ballroom cleared and everyone moved on with their day, Sara and I did what all Members of the Years do (I'm sure!) with their award after they are honored...