As if having the Secretary of the Interior Jewell pay us a surprise visit last week weren't quite enough ...
... The Today Show announced through our superintendent that their crew would be visiting on Wednesday, April 15, to film my next public bus tour!
I'm trying desperately hard to not allow myself to even think about what lies ahead, and today is Easter Sunday and I've no exciting plans to take up my thoughts and calm the anxiety so my mind is now leaping ahead with a noticeable tightening of every nerve and sinew in my body!
There are ten days until that happens, but by the time our park visitors begin to gather at our front doorway to board the bus on that morning -- I may be ready for the Looney Bin!
One would think that all of this would be routine by now, after all it's been almost two years since the governmental shutdown happened, and the public exposure that has become such a major part of my daily existence. But for reasons I cannot explain, I'm suddenly feeling crowded and vulnerable ... and there's that familiar sense of unworthiness... this, even at a time when I'm feeling so effective in my presentations, and deeply aware that I'm doing good work that is being recognized widely.
I suspect that -- as I feel the now familiar surge of adrenaline each time upon entering the little theater and that rush of whatever-it-is that brings such closeness between me and those faces that makes for such a feeling of intimacy and that graces the room with each experience -- so it will be as we board the bus for our tour of those scattered park sites. So it will be, hopefully, when those cameras are rolling ...
Will let you know when it will be shown. And, as is customary, that crew will spend 4 hours with us to capture 3 minutes of air time! So why should this seem any more than what we've been through before with these media teams? Since the next week is National Parks Week, it's probably safe to assume that it is for this that this piece is being produced, and then life will return to whatever we deem is our new normal.
What more can lie ahead?
We keep "max-ing" out!