Group Goodbye. You know what I mean, not like saying goodbye to far-flung relatives after a vacation. Those people stay tethered to you, and you know you’ll all get together in the same way sometime in the future.
I’m talking about saying goodbye to a group of people who become such a part of your daily life that they’re like limbs… until suddenly they’re not.
Working in TV, I have this experience a lot. Shows end. Friends and acquaintances that were a second family for days, weeks, months, or even years poof out of your orbit. Oh sure, you stay close with some, and Facebook-friends with others, but it’s never the same as when you were a fixture in one another’s days.
Just like high school.
And just like now.
So in the spirit of high school graduation, some Senior Superlatives:
Most Likely to Bibbity Bobbity Boo: Former Deb Katie Alender, whose mother saw me at a computer on the set of The Muppets’ Kitchen with Cat Cora, said, “You’re a writer? My daughter here is a writer!” and sparked a conversation in which Katie told me how much the Deb Ball had meant to her, and that I should totally apply. Katie, you’re my Fairy Godmother, and I thank you.
Most Likely to Live in Dagobah: Friend of the Debs Matthew Quick, and his wonderful wife, Former Deb Alicia Bessette. Q has been my Yoda. Not only did he blurb Populazzi, but in the madness of debut week, when I was insane as a menopausal banshee, he and Alicia patiently talked me down off the ledge. I am forever grateful to them both.
Most Likely to Wear Greek Letters: Former Debs Sarah Pekkanen and Eileen Cook. I was never the sorority type in college, but when it comes to Delta Epsilon Beta (D.E.B.!), Sarah and Eileen have been my big sisters, giving me their friendship and excellent career advice every step of the way. Eileen also did me the honor of blurbing Populazzi, appeared on Populazzi.com, and has been a major cheerleader for the book. Huge thanks to both of them.
Most Likely to be Saddled With Me For Life: Eleanor, Kim, Sarah, and Tawna, if you think you’re getting rid of me after this, you’re crazy! You’ve been there for everything this year, both personal and professional. You are my confidantes, my support group, and my friends… plus you’re all ridiculously talented! It has been such a joy to see each of your books launched into the world so successfully, and I know this is just the beginning of huge careers for all of you.
As for what’s next… I don’t know exactly, which is pretty exciting. Some very cool things are bubbling for Populazzi, plus I’m working on a new manuscript, and some TV projects I love. Devoted, the second novel in the series I co-write with Hilary Duff, comes out in October. In the meantime, I’ll keep blogging at my website, www.eliseallen.com, and posting all kinds of cool lifestyle tidbits on www.Populazzi.com. I’ll also be a regular visitor here — I’ve only begun to get to know the wonderful 2012 Debs; I look forward to discovering more about each of them, and reading all their books.
Finally, I want to thank everyone who visited the Ball this year and joined the conversation with your comments. Your insight, humor, and support have been invaluable, and I’ve enjoyed sharing this time with you more than I can say.
Nothing to do now except turn the tassel on my tiara from right to left and say so long…
Happy Graduation, Class of 2011! Class of 2012, Welcome to the Deb Ball!