I had some apprehension when Boomer on the Ledge™ – the book and the doll – came to life on 10/17/17. I was worried about how the world would treat them. I wondered if they’d live up to my hopes and dreams.
And I had to plan a launch party. It’s a stretch for me to arrange a lunch date let alone a larger gathering, where I have to find a venue, invite people and decide on snacks.
So I consulted with my friend, Michele, who is an expert entertainer, and she helped me choose the perfect place, and agreed to be my helper at the event. When I learned there was also a party planner on-premise and one of the food options was a bottomless bowl of queso dip, I knew the Boomer on the Ledge launch party was destined for success.
I could tell you all about it, but I’ve decided to let the Boomer on the Ledge give you her perspective regarding the day’s activities.
Me: What did you think of the party?
BOTL: I was frustrated while sequestered in plastic bags, but when people claimed me as their own and freed me from captivity, I couldn’t wait to show them how to have fun.
Me: What did you do at the party?
BOTL: Your cousin, Brenda, had me draped over a pumpkin on her table. And Maxwell, your grandson, wouldn’t let go of me, stroking my hair and telling everyone how soft I was. It was delightful to see such divergent ends of the age spectrum enjoying me.
Me: Were you surprised at how much people liked you?
BOTL: Not really. I know you were nervous about it, but I was confident that once they saw how adorable I was everyone would want me. I don’t have the same insecurities that you have.
Me: Did you think people had fun?
BOTL: Did they ever! Several folks came early and stayed late, laughing and visiting with one another. Even people who had never met mingled and had a blast telling stories about you. Now, don’t get your knickers in a knot, because I’m pretty sure they won’t use any of the material for blackmail.
Me: Do you think people liked the book?
BOTL: It has me in it, so duh! Of course, they liked the book. I’m hilarious.
Me: Do you think they got the concept of the Boomer on the Ledge?
BOTL: Considering you had someone texting photos to you before the party ended with me posing with her new owner in an assisted living facility, I’d say they got into the spirit of what the Boomer on the Ledge is all about.
Me: What are you all about?
BOTL: I help people view aging as something that includes fun and laughter, and I bring out their creativity when they think of funny ways they can pose me in their daily lives. Here’s what I overheard Marcella say after the party, “My doll is doing what I would love to do. Because of Molly’s imagination, mine has been restored!”
Me: I am truly blessed to have you in my life, along with such fantastic family and friends.
BOTL: Your friend Julie said it best: ‘Congratulations on the successful launch of Boomer, both in print and in polyester. A room full of friends and family, praise for your book and talents and pictures of you with your supporters – what a day! Boomer is now in the dining room of Sylvia Ross Home (assisted living) with 40 of the Greatest Generation, enjoying her new friends. It did look a bit like Harvey Weinstein’s hotel room as they all wanted to see if she had bladder protection and lifted up her dress, one by one.”
Me: You do have bladder protection, right?
BOTL: (Rolled her painted eyes)