Was it a lucky coincidence that the last stop of the U.Fund Dreams Tour at the Boston Book Festival included Rick Riordan speaking at H. H. Richardson’s finest work, Trinity Church?
Trinity Church on a sunny day.
The line was epic waiting for Rick Riordan at Trinity Church but there was room for everyone.
It’s a good thing that Trinity Church seats 1,300 people; the church was nearly at capacity with Percy Jackson fans, adults and kids alike! I got there an hour early and the line was already around the corner.
The interior of Trinity Church is equally as stunning as the outside.
Rick Riordan did not disappoint. He’s a natural storyteller, sharing stories of his youth, how he came to be a teacher and writer by way of reluctant reader. Percy Jackson was inspired by his own son, Haley, who also has ADHD and dyslexia. Riordan’s sense of humor was in full force; it’s easy to see why his books are so funny!
BoO! HoO! Is this Rick Riordan’s trying to make anyone cry? No! It’s Blood of Olympus, Hereos of Olympus!
My son will read anything by Rick Riordan. We got through his weird cyst operation by reading Blood of Olympus, the final chapter book of the Percy Jackson series. The funny parts made my son laugh which made the pre-operation room less scary while we waited for his turn to under.
After my son’s two and half hour surgical procedure in which the cyst, the size of an egg, was extracted intact, we kept on reading Blood of Olympus because my son found the hospital TV options boring compared to his book. That always makes me happy!
And, compared to what Percy Jackson and crew were facing, my son’s situation seemed pretty minor. They were, after all, fighting to save the world as we know it. We were just waiting for his incision to drain.
You might not have knon that Rick Riordan was a reluctant reader as a child. He learned to love reading through Marvel Comics. It paved the way for college for him, where he studied to become a teacher. As a teacher, he was a natural and engaging storyteller who went out of his way to entertain his students, which often included getting into costume. From teacher to parent, the significant leap here was his ability to make up stories for his son … which lead to Percy Jackson.
Rick Riordan’s journey shows that anything is possible. I love how the U.Fund Dreams Tours stresses this message of possibilities. I’m in their booth trying out the possibility of becoming a doctor.
Picture the Possibilities … I thought being a doctor would come in handy given my son’s operation!
I know that we, as parents, work hard to develop a love of reading for our kids; it helps pave the way towards college. Paying for college is another thing we all worry about. The 529 Plan is a tax advantaged college investing plan worth considering.
You might want to think about setting one up now and adding it to the holiday gift wish list when the relatives ask what to get for your kids.
In addition, you can set up a 529 Plan for anyone including grandchildren, nieces, nephews and godkids. The important thing is to get started; it’s never too late and every little bit helps.
My kids have savings accounts and they make deposits a few times a year. This year, I’m going to have them set aside half of their money for their 529 college fund and the other half for their savings account (which I match as an incentive to save). I’ll match their 529 college contribution too. It’s a good incentive for us all to remember to make frequent contributions to their college fund.
How about you? Do you have a college savings plan or incentives to save in place for your kids?
I’ve partnered with Fidelity & MEFA for this post in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
p.s. For Rick Riordan’s complete KeyNote address at Boston Book Festival, please go to my YouTube channel. I have most of it recorded in 20 video clips.
p.p.s. When I posted that I was going to the Boston Book Festival and about my son’s surgery, Rick Riordan wished my son a speedy recovery on Twitter. I can’t tell you how much this delighted my son! Of course, he wanted proof that it was authentic so here it is:
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