“When I meet the Wizard, once I prove my worth, and then I’ll meet the Wizard—what I’ve waited for since, since birth! And with all his Wizard wisdom, by my looks he won’t be blinded. Do you think the Wizard is dumb? Or like Munchkins, so small-minded? No! He’ll say to me ‘I see who you truly are—a girl on whom I can rely!’ and that’s how we’ll begin, the Wizard and I….” —The Wizard and I, Wicked
I MET ED AYERS.
Okay, so that likely means nothing to you. I figure it’s the equivalent of a “normal” person meeting Beyonce. So yes, it’s a big deal.
Dr. Ayers is my favourite historian. I read one of his books in my Southern history class freshman year and I was hooked.
That’s why I was absolutely ecstatic when I found out he’d be at CWI 2016 (check out #cwi2016 to catch up on all of the excitement!).
I was even more excited when he turned out to be one of the most amazing speakers of the conference.
To top it all off, I got to meet him after his lecture. Being the totally sane human I am, I was first in line with the book I’d bought just for the occasion—I’d left my beloved class copy at home. He was just as perfect one-on-one, and the evening was topped one the woman behind me (and my photographer for the momentous occasion) commented that she’d thought she was his number one fan…. Nope. That would be me.