Sometimes one night can change everything. On this particular night, Wren and her three best friends are attending a black-tie party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of a major exhibit curated by her father. An enormous wind blasts through the city, making everyone feel that something unexpected and perhaps wonderful will happen. And for Wren, that something wonderful is Nolan. With his root-beer-brown Michelangelo eyes, Nolan changes the way Wren’s heart beats. In Isabel Gillies’s Starry Night, suddenly everything is different. Nothing makes sense except for this boy. What happens to your life when everything changes, even your heart? How much do you give up? How much do you keep?
Today I’m very happy to share with you a guest post from Isabel Gillies as of the Starry Night Blog Tour! Welcome, Isabel!
I know I am supposed to be writing about love and paintings in the days just before my book about love and paintings comes out, but what’s on my mind are meetings. And I mean like seemingly boring, wonky meetings – like PTA meetings. I have heard my whole life that you should write about what interests you. It’s not that love doesn’t interest me, quite the opposite, I’m obsessed and have been since I slept with the Sean Cassidy record under my pillow, it’s just that I have something else on my brain today.
This summer I have been involved with a number of issues in my community. One of them is ticks. On the island in Maine where my parents live all year, and I live in the summer, we are having a health crisis of sorts. It’s happening all over the country. People are getting Lyme Disease, and other tick-born illnesses from these darn ticks that use deer as breeding grounds. IT’S A MASSIVE PROBLEM! I will not go into it because it’s so big, and complex and if you are not as deep-in as I am, I guess it’s sort of inside baseball, but I will say everyone is having a hard time figuring out what to do – and we have a lot of meetings about it, and they are sooo interesting. It’s not what we are talking about that is so fascinating, it’s what happens with the people.
Here’s why I am now crazy in love with meetings: Communication! I am in awe of what gets done when people gather around a table and talk and listen. We think, or maybe I think, because we have worlds of information at our fingertips with the internet, and because we can reach someone in seconds with a text, that we are all set, no need to actually see each other to get to the bottom of a problem. It’s my experience this summer that all that is hooey! We must gather, face to face and hash out the idea and concerns of the day.
I would love to know if there is any science behind the meeting. If you think of ancient history, people gathered around the fire to figure out how to get the illusive buffalo, or solve a crisis because of drought, right? It’s King Arthur and the Round Table. That table is where they planed the battles. I’m certainly not the first person to say it’s important to assemble, it’s just that since I don’t work in an office and I haven’t been in school in a while, I have forgotten how amazing it is to be a part of a group trying to come to a solution or brain storm. It’s like watching growth. You start with a problem. People think, throw out ideas – time passes – the idea goes away, and then magically turns up again, but maybe this time a different person puts it forward, it’s slightly changed, better maybe, eye brows raise, people say, “Hey – that could be really cool and might work!” And before you know it everyone has agreed and is high five-ing and feeling satisfied that whatever needed to get done, will.
I am leaving these meetings feeling kind of in love. I think the reason for that is, at its essence, being in love is the communication of feelings. Two people bouncing off each other, mingling and connecting. Now, I don’t want to hold hands and make out in the movie theater with the people I’m in the meeting with, but I do feel close to them, closer than before we met. That is community man, and I dig it.
Thank you, Isabel!