My, my, it`s been quite an exciting day. First news: I flew here on a FOUR-seater plane and the PILOT WAS A WOMAN. Her name is Karen Stone, she is 32 and has two small daughters. The co-pilot was a guy named Marian Musil. He told me, ``I am the captain`s slave and secretary!``
I did three talks today at Bonaventure Polyvalent, where I met many young Gaspesians. I thought I`d tell you a littleabout them in today`s blog entry. Agnes McRae told me she loves to read. That`s good news for writers like me, Agnes! Colleen Major told me her nickname is ``Major Pain in the Butt.`` Even her brother Victor calls her `Major Pain`` when he passes her in the hallway at school. I didn`t think Colleen was a pain at all. In fact, I was most impressed when she told me is writing a book about her grandmother, who died when Colleen was 11. Kaneesha Smith showed me a poem she wrote called ``Walking Through Woods.`` I asked for her permission to let me quote my favourite line: ``picturing who she was and who she`s going to be.``
Tomorrow, I`m going to New Carlisle School. New Carlisle is the home of former Quebec premier Rene Levesque. It`s on the Baie des Chaleurs. I ran along the bay this afternoon. It`s gorgeous -- and huge! Will try to report in again later this week.
(I'm sorry but I have to note this -- I love it when you type with a French keyboard because the key used as the apostrophe in English keyboards is actually one of the accents in French; the downwards one used in Ã¨, Ã , Ã¹! )
Anywyas, back on topic, it much have been so fun to fly in a 4-seat airplane... I was given a ride in one two summers ago, and it was quite a lot of fun, especially because I got to sit in the co-pilot's seat (although all I did was stare out the window and comment on how different Montreal looks like from above!). I don't know how you managed to get through three talks after waking up at a crazy time this morning, but it looks like it was worth it because of all the people you met. It's so neat to hear of their ideas... it seems like I never have any and then all of these students have plenty!
Good to hear you had a good time, thanks for flying with us!
All the best,
PS: it's a 10 passengers plane