Today after I dropped Connor off at school I grabbed my lap top and writing notebook and headed down to one of the local coffee shops to get some work done. I'm giving a speech on Saturday for a fundraiser being held by Children's Therapy Center-- the fantastic organization that did Connor's therapy for a number of years-- and I needed to transcribe my speech to a Word document so I could send it to the organizer of the event.
I am not what you would call a particularly gifted public speaker; actually I have terrible stage fright and really dislike being in the spotlight. But the topic I'm speaking on-- Connor-- is one I'm an expert in. Actually (as the 1300+ blog posts here testify) it's pretty difficult to get me to shut up about the kid. I had to cut large portions of my first draft when I read it out loud and discovered it was nearly three times longer than my allotted speaking time. Whoops.
So at least I won't run out of things to say. The next problem I have to tackle is that I seem to be completely unable to read the thing out loud without weeping all over the place. I can make all right until about halfway through when I start talking about all of the "firsts" Connor had at CTC-- first time sitting on his own, first time standing, etc. and then I lose it. Heck, I can't even type the thing without crying; I was sitting in the coffee shop this morning clattering away on the keyboard with tears streaming down my face. The other customers gave my table a wide berth.
So I'm not entirely sure how successful this whole speech thing is going to be. But I'll do my best and we'll see how it goes. If nothing else I'm looking forward to the chance to meet up with my friends at CTC and my lovely ladies from my roller derby league the Dockyard Derby Dames, who will be helping out at the event because they are awesome. If you're in the local area, you should come! If nothing else, watching me attempt to give an actual speech without freaking out and/or leaking all over the stage should be highly amusing. And hey, it's a great cause!
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