Shortly after the meal, the Lady of honor arrived and was announced.Paula got on stage with her husband Michael and her son Bobbie. She was a laugh a minute and we truly enjoyed listening to her tell us her stories. By 1pm she was off stage and moved to a table and seat outside ready to sign her books for her adoring fans. We got in line and there were only 30 people in front of us. We did not have long to wait.This picture was taken in line while we were waiting our turn to meet Paula. I love this picture the most. It was a glorious day. We had sunny skies and 70 degree weather. It was just the cherry on top of our "Sunday." You must notice the effortless smiles on my two friends. We were all beaming from this amazing day. It wasn't just about meeting Bobbie or Paula, it was all about being out for the day, by ourselves, bonding with girlfriends, not having a real schedule and not worrying about anything, if only for a little while. When I see this picture, I know it was worth the time and money and imposition we put upon our husband's and my SIL, Judy. We can't thank them enough for the gift of babysitting to allow us to have such a memorable adventure.
Well, it was finally our turn. Since we were all book signing virgins, we didn't know what quite to expect. Paula Deen is every bit as gracious, funny and beautiful as she comes off on both TV and in her magazines and books. She took time to say hello and chat with each person. When I walked up I thanked her for coming and for sharing her day with us and as I was getting ready to walk off with my books, Bobbie spots us and recognizes us from earlier. He asks how I made out eating at the brunch, again referring to my braces and Paula looks up and is wondering why her son is talking to me about my teeth.
OMG!!! I am showing Paula my braces. You can see her expression and she is baring her teeth while she is talking to me, in sympathy of course. What a moment. I hope these braces come off soon. Maybe people will go back to noticing the real me again!
In two hours, we arrived at the brunch, bought books, ate, chatted, got our books signed and were back out on the town again. It was a great event!
We left and found our way into the Paris Market, one of my favorite stores. Here are a few images from inside the store.These last photos were for my "Girls" that are coming to visit me in May. I am just wetting your appetite for the day I have planned for you! I can't wait to share this wonderful city and the southern hospitality with you all!