• About the Dedications

    August 18th, 2006KimBehind the Scenes

    Before I start reading a book I always read the dedication and acknowledgments. I like seeing a little bit behind the scenes. So I figured maybe I’d write a little about the dedication in Get Hooked now, and more about the acknowledgments in another post.

    I dedicated the book to my little brother David. He and I don’t have too much in common, but I admire him a whole lot. David has a keen ability to dedicate himself to topics he loves; he’ll read books upon books about a subject he’s interested in. He’s not intimidated by a challenge, and his ego doesn’t get bruised if he doesn’t master something on his very first try. He’s a cool guy, and he’s about to start a new job in a new place. I wish him all the best of luck, and I send him a big hug.

    The book was also dedicated to the memory of my Uncle Ed, who died far, far too young last fall. I didn’t get to know him as well as I should have, and even so I don’t think I knew him as well as I thought I did. When he died, I met friends and colleagues of his I’d hardly known anything about, and through them I saw my uncle in new and enlightening ways. I wish I’d had more time to know him. I always felt loved by him, and he always told me he was proud of me. He was self-depricating, but he was a smart, talented man, and he is sorely missed.

    Finally, the book is dedicated to summer camps, where the magic happens. I spent almost every summer of my life from the time I was in pre-school to the summer I turned 25 at a camp of some sort. The experiences I had as a camper and a counselor were some of the most formative in my life. I experienced nature for the first time (seriously! I was born in the concrete jungle). I had my first kiss. I made friends from near and far. I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats. I got crafty for the first time: making friendship bracelets for hours on end, teaching kids to make hemp necklaces, making gimp lanyards for everyone I know. Mostly, I dedicate the book to all the amazing teenagers I worked with over the years. I learned more from them than they possibly could have learned from me. Writing Get Hooked got me back in touch with all that, which is why working on the book was so much fun. Oh, the memories!

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