When I was nineteen, I lived in La Jolla, California for two years. During that time, I worked as a floral designer. Richard (who liked to be called Dick) owned the florist and he was an interesting guy. He knew many celebrities and often had me “do up” the floral arrangements for the events he hosted or was attending.
One of his closest and dearest friends was, Ted Geisel. I met Ted several times. He had an opinion about everything! Some of which I just can’t divulge. He did think I a was talker and called me Voyce instead of Joyce after he got to know me.
I’ve been thinking about him lately because I have been to Springfield several times in the last few months as I help organize this years NESCBWI “Keeping It Real” conference taking place April 20-22.
He used to joke about Springfield and that is all I going to say about what he would say about Springfield.
Just to keep this post interesting, here are the inscriptions in the two books he signed for me.
|This a 1957 printing.|
|My 4 year-old signature|
|His opinion of my love of his book.|
Shortly before I returned to the East Coast he gave me this book.
And a warning!
I often wonder how he was able to sum up my life in these two captions? He was just amazing!
Oh yeah, Springfield is also where my husband and I lived right after we were married. So here’s to you, Dr. Suess & Springfield, MA!