The proud parent

I was greeted by wonderful news this morning. Jessica McKenna, one of my finest students at Manhattanville College, had her first article published in a professional newspaper. The piece, about a comic book writer named Jake Black, was initially her final paper for last semester. It was so good, I encouraged her to pitch it.

She did.

And here it is.

I’m almost 40, but I still recall the thrill of those early days, when my bylines appeared in the Patent Trader, my local weekly. Every Tuesday morning I rush out of the house to the nearest deli to pick up the new issue. I’d turn to my piece, beaming, euphoric, ecstatic, accomplished.

I hope, today, Jessica McKenna feels the exact same rush.

Because I sure do.