I dedicated El Deafo to my parents, because they are awesome. They drive me crazy, but I’m crazy about them.
They’ve been married for over 50 years. They met at UVa. My mom felt sorry for the shy boy who was sitting at a table at the cafeteria all by himself. So she married him.
Dad is a doctor, and at 82 he is still practicing.
Mom is a retired nurse (and a dedicated volunteer for All Things Good).
Here they are as they appear in the book:
Here are Mom and Dad as of yesterday, modeling their very best phony smiles (of which all of the Bell family are masters).
Dad’s superpower is that he can diagnose anyone he sees in a restaurant, and at a good distance, too. “Gee, it looks like that fella has a goiter. He should get his thyroid checked” stated rather loudly is a frequent occurrence.
Mom’s superpower is that she can make any and all phone calls for anybody and GET IT DONE. Or is that “GIT R DONE”?
They’ve got plenty more amazing abilities, but one that is often overlooked is their joint superpower of having incredibly fine acting skills. Check them out in an old chestnut, a moving recreation of the classic Peter’s Home commercial for Folgers Crystals. Remember that commercial? If not, watch the real Peter here. Then check out the Sock Monkey version here. My parents are the best part! (Special thanks to Tom Angleberger for using his video-making superpowers for the edification of humanity!)
Thanks, Mom and Dad, once again. Thanks for making all the tough decisions.
Only eight more days! And guess what? New friend Lauren Castillo‘s beautiful new book, Nana in the City, will also come out on September 2nd! I am pretending that Lauren and I are twins separated at birth…probably more than fifteen years apart…but, well, wouldn’t it be cool? I’ll be Sharon and she can be Susan! I’m glad I didn’t have to fly to California in an attempt to reunite MY parents! Hey, Lauren! Let’s get together, yeah yeah yeah!