Lady of "Rare Gold"
It is common
practice for convention attendees to bring gifts to the Guests of Honor.
Such was the case for my son, Nicholas, when he heard that Elizabeth
Gracen would be at this event. He was beside himself with joy (and madly
in love with her) and insisted that we come up with something really
special for her.
opportunity to present his gift came when he met EG in the autograph line.
It was a wee tiny bottle of perfume from the Avon line, called "Rare
Gold." I had already explained to him that she would not be opening
the gift in front of him, and he seemed fine with that. The interaction
went something like this:
EG ~ Hi there,
cutie! How are you today?
NL ~ ::::: blushing furiously ::::: I'm good.
Here, this is for you.
(hands her the package)
EG ~ Oooooh, a present? For *me*?? (loudly, so
that everyone can hear) Can I open it now?
NL ~ Sure, if you want to.
that Nick was 5 at the time, painfully in love and really had no idea what
to do with himself and the attention that Liz was lavishing upon him.
<g> I hastily commented that she didn't have to do this now, but she
insisted. It was obvious that Nick was pleased as she opened the envelope
and attached to the gift. It was a Thank You note from me, which she read
aloud. Then she reached for the black velvet drawstring pouch that
the miniature bottle of perfume.
EG ~ Oh,
what's this? Here, help me get it out of it's pouch, would you?
NL ~ Ok. ::::: reaching fingers in to grasp the bottle
EG ~ Perfume! Oh, I love perfume!! Can I put some on
speechless ~ a rare occasion for him! LOL Elizabeth made a bit show of
opening the bottle, telling everyone that this handsome young man had just
brought her a gift and she just *had* to put some on. She did make sure
that no one minded, grinning broadly, and thankfully the folks in line
Nick were all very kind. She dabbed some on each wrist and a bit behind
her ear. She waved her wrist in the air for a moment and then stuck her
arm out across the table so that Nick could "sample" the
fragrance on her skin.
EG ~ What do
you think, sweetie? Do you like it?
NL ~ Oh, yeah!! You smell great!
EG ~ ::::: touching his cheek ::::: Oh, you're going to
make some girl very happy someday! Thank you so much for my present.
::::: kissing his palm ::::: Take this kiss with you, will you?
thought Nick was positively going to fall *over*!!! I thanked Elizabeth
profusely then and we moved along. She just grinned and said it was her
pleasure, commented on how cute Nick was and thanked me! On the last day
of the weekend, during an autograph session where she was the only one
signing and things were winding down, I helped out a young lady who had
forgotten to get in line to have pictures for her boyfriend signed (a
condition of her being allowed to attend the con <g>) and I brought
these to Elizabeth, explaining the situation. She was extremely gracious,
and remembered me as being Nick's mom.
EG ~ You are
such an angel, doing this for her! What a nice lady you are! Thank you,
This gracious woman sat for hours on end, signing her name over and over
and over again, smiling and treating folks like *they* were the guests of
honor, and she's calling me an angel?? What's wrong with this picture?
Truly, Elizabeth Gracen is one class act..... a lady of "Rare
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