What a DAY.
I've lost count of the times I've shaken my head in wonder since I woke up this morning. There were so many things about today that stopped me in my tracks. First, I woke up, made some coffee, and clicked LAUNCH on the Kickstarter page around 9 a.m. Behold the moment.
I spent the rest of the day hovering, cheering, smacking my forehead, posting to every single website I could think to post to, checking in with Chris, and randomly shouting the numbers to Jamie and the kids. Jamie, bless her, went to the store and bought the ingredients for bibes (that's what they call drinks in the Green Hollows) and cheesy chowder so we could celebrate Launch Day. We raised a toast to you fine people, of course.
Then I had a concert tonight at the Local Show here in Nashville, and right before I took the stage I looked at my phone and saw that we had raised $55,000--which is half of the base goal! 50% of a huge goal in just nine hours. NINE HOURS. I did the concert, told the crowd about the campaign (some of you guys were in the audience and yes, I heard you cheer), and then checked again on the total when I got home. Now we're up to almost $65,000!
But I have to tell you there were two other highlights for me. First was when we finished our songwriter-in-the-round show with U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," which is seriously one of the greatest songs ever written. Second, this afternoon when the rain stopped I took a break from the computer and walked around the Warren, giving thanks for the fun ride this campaign has already been. As I squelched through the mud and brown grass I saw not only daffodils in bloom, but there were little green leaves sprouting from the dangling branches of the weeping willow. Then I went and put nine green lettuce seedlings in the ground, along with some kale. Spring is coming. I know it'll be cold again before the spring is really here, but the promise that the winter will pass, that good and green things will again take over all the mud and brown--that promise is ultimately what my favorite stories are about. Thank you for helping us to try and tell a story like that.
But we're not there yet! The more you can keep spreading the word, the better. We have some fun surprises in store once we get closer to the goal, so keep an eye on the page. Thank you, thank you, thank you!