That was a good decision; most of my listeners today were adults! I told a wide range of stories, sang a few ballads, and even collected two new ghost stories.
I was tickled to see my grandson Jared and his girlfriend come in during the telling; Jared was one of my first listeners when I was just beginning as a storyteller, and he even took a storytelling class in college a couple years ago, and attended the National Storytelling Festival.
What I didn't know was that they also have a car-finding service. I clicked on used cars, put in the kind I was looking for and up popped a list of available vehicles within a few hours of my home. I found one I liked, called the dealership to be sure it was still available and set up a time to go see it. Then I filled out the online loan application and in a few minutes, the loan was approved. We drove to Columbus, completed the rest of the paperwork and drove out of there with a beautiful 2007 Toyota Sienna van that is exactly what I need for my storytelling and for all the hauling we do with our antiques business. I got home in time to load up my things for the arts and crafts fair, get everything set up and ready for today, and then go out to dinner to celebrate! That was the easiest car purchase I've ever made. I love my new van and had to laugh when I realized that we put it to work immediately when we got it home. She'd better get used to it, because I see a lot of adventures ahead in this van.
Tomorrow I will be back at the fair, telling more stories and enjoying the beauty of Cedar Lakes and the happiness of the people who come to experience this unique event. And in the evening, another event that might be more difficult but will certainly be one of the more meaningful things I will do this year: visit my son Jon's 25th class reunion and tell them about my son's life. He would have loved to be there; now I will go in his stead to let them know what their classmate made of his life.
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