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A giraffe’s heart weighs 24 pounds.

September 29th, 2010 · 17 Comments · Conversations with Meredith

Meredith came home from school on Monday and decided that she wanted to show me how to draw a giraffe. She sat on the kitchen floor with a piece of paper and a Crayola paintbrush and created Mabel.

Giraffe

(I love Mabel.)

Later that evening, we went to the library to see Sara Pennypacker and Marla Frazee—the author and illustrator of the Clementine series, which happens to be Meredith’s favorite set of books. After the presentation and reading, the author asked if anyone had any questions. Meredith’s hand shot into the air, and she asked how the author decided to name the main character Clementine. When it was time to have her book signed, she talked to the author for quite some time about our cat who died a few years ago, and she sang the praises of Comic Life and Yummy Pancake to the illustrator.

Sara Pennypacker, Meredith, and Marla Frazee

It isn’t often that I see Meredith completely excited and at ease.

Monday was a good day to be Meredith.
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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Emily // Sep 29, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Aw, that’s so nice. Yay for Miss MC!

  • 2 Julie // Sep 29, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    What a great picture! Such genuine excitement!

  • 3 Haus // Sep 29, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Meredith, I’m sure you were the highlight of their evening!

  • 4 Teri // Sep 29, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    This is the best story I’ve heard all week. Meredith, you are all lit up in the picture. What a great day!

  • 5 Teri // Sep 29, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    And I love Mabel, too.

  • 6 Meghan // Sep 29, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    This post made me so happy. My first thought seeing the picture was “OMG, her hair has gotten so long!” and the second was “when did MC turn into a full-fledged KID?!” She looks so grown up, and her glee is infectious.

  • 7 jes // Sep 29, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    love (1)

  • 8 erika // Sep 30, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Wonderful. I love Mabel, too. Mabel needs to be on a t-shirt. Sounds like Meredith has the makings of an author. Or illustrator. ;)

  • 9 joaaanna // Sep 30, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I can’t find a way to express how I just love everything about this post. It just burbles with happiness!

  • 10 Alyce // Sep 30, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I went to see Madeleine L’Engle read when I was like 25 and I think I may have cried I was so excited.

    YAY for loving books!

  • 11 Kendra // Sep 30, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    How wonderful to be Meredith! She makes me even more thrilled to welcome my daughter into the world in January.

  • 12 You can call me, 'Sir' // Sep 30, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Pennypacker. What a great name.

  • 13 kilowatthour // Sep 30, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    i love mabel! meredith is awesome.

  • 14 Isabella Golightly // Sep 30, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    I’d buy a Mabel t-shirt. That kid has REAL talent.

  • 15 Dana // Oct 1, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I have followed you for some time, but never commented. This just made me cry! So beautiful! And I want a t-shirt!

  • 16 Alli // Oct 2, 2010 at 7:28 am

    OMG she looks like a pre-teen in that picture! Stop feeding her! Slow it down, slow it down!!!

    P.S. – I think she is turning into a strikingly beautiful little girl.

  • 17 Melizzard // Oct 4, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Mabel is awesome – seriously put her on a t-shirt and share her with the masses.