So after finding a parking space fairly close to City Hall in Camden, I made my way up the steps to the checkpoint. It has been a long time since I'd entered a government building and so had forgetten the need to shed the items that would cause that wonderful metal and electronic detector beep.
Once through, I walked up the steps and headed to a meeting I will not soon forget. Many people had already seated themselves around a long retangular table, all there to talk about how to create a better Camden City for the current and future residents and visitors. I enjoyed an appearance by Mayor Redd and witnessed an appreciative ceremony for Sensei Anthony Lingo who runs the meeting.
When my turn came to speak about my novel, A Beautiful Girl, I shared how it has positively affected the young people who've read Sara's story. What I didn't expect was the standing ovation I received before taking my leave and heading back to work. Such an honor from people who spend their days working hard to make this community a safer place to be.