I arrived early - which is normal for me - generally SUPER early. When hosts look around with that "Now, what do i do" look on their face, i either put them at ease, explaining I've brought a book and I'm happy to quietly read until it's time for whatever I'm there to do . . . OR, I ask if i may wait in their library, if it's the kind of place that has a library.
You'd be amazed at all the libraries a person can visit. It's truly stellar.
There I was, early at an elementary school. I read articles in several magazines with ideas I use for tiny tot story times. Then, I spotted a hard back book called "Crazy Lady" by Jane Leslie Conly. I settled myself into a cozy corner and drifted off into the story.
This book was exactly what I needed to find.
I'd been using imagination to create a program to include and empower every person in my own school.
The thing is - finding the Friend - in every interaction - can - take some - time. (sigh)
This book takes an honest look at being part of a community - and helping to make things work. Brilliant!
I didn't have time to finish the book that day. No worries, other copies could be found, either at the public library, or used . . . and - ta-daaa! It's a Good Story, to the very last word.