We needed something done to our cable connection. I called the SKY office and they sent round a very nice young man to do it. He was friendly, helpful and efficient – and quickly worked his magic on the cable connection. He was also white (think blonde n blue-eyed) and did I mention that he was male? In other words – nothing like the (stereotypical) demographic audience for my TELESA books (think female and most usually brown.)
He was all packed up and ready to go – then paused, ‘One more thing please.’ I said, ‘yes?’ He said, ‘When is the next Telesa book coming out?‘
It’s safe to say my jaw dropped. “Excuse me?” Is this a trick question? Is this a joke? Did my kids set you up to say this because they’re dying to make fun of me? Because they’re always scoffing that nobody ever reads my books?
But no, the Cable Guy wasn’t kidding! He really wanted to know when my slack self was going to
stop watching so much cable be done with the next book. But not for him, he rushed to assure me. For the women back in his office.
Wow. Flabbergast me. But my children were even more shocked. “A random person wants to know when our mother’s books is going to be ready? The Sky TV man? A palagi Sky TV man?! Get outta here, no way!” They looked at me with new eyes. Maybe, just maybe their mother wasn’t just their annoying mother. Maybe, just maybe she was actually a REAL bona-fide author with books that REAL bona-fide people in the REAL world had heard of.
It’s a wonderful thing when your children are amazed by you. And a very rare thing the older they get. Big Son for example, used to think I was an all-knowing, all-seeing oracle of wisdom and wonderfulness. Whereas now, I am more often a source of irritation and amusement/mockery…
So, to the nice cable guy and the FANTABULOUS team at Sky TV NZ – thank you for lighting up my life just a little bit. Because of you, the Fab5 are giving me the teensiest bit more respect.