Lois Lowry's Blog
Converstions in Iowa....
Don't get my wrong. I love Iowa. I am currently in Iowa CIty, and despite the bleak (and cold!) weather today, it is a funky university town...good walking and people-watching.
But this trip (day 4 of a book tour) began with several unusual conversations:
1. on the plane from Chicago:
Seatmate: Do you know that George Beverly Shea is over 100?
Seatmate: He is the singer who accompanies Billy Graham. Do you not listen to Billy Graham?
Me: Ah, no, sorry.
Seatmate: I'll now recite the lyrics of one of the songs.
2. On arrival at the airport in Cedar Rapids:
Me: Good morning. Nice to have such a cheerful cab driver.
Cab driver: This isn't a cab.
Me: It isn't? But it says on the side...
Can driver: This is a church and a school, housed within a vehicle designed for spiritual enlightenment.
Me: Oh. Ah...
Cab driver: And I am your teacher and guide.
3. In a restaurant in Iowa City
Me: I'd like a cup of hot tea.
Waiter: We don't have that. Sorry.
Me: Oh. Could you bring me a cup of hot water?
Me: And a slice of lemon? And maybe a tea bag?