Awaiting Edward

In another part of the house, my 14-year-old daughter has finished her too-long shower and is primping for a party. A book party.

Tonight, you see, is a celebration of Edward.

For the uninitiated, Breaking Dawn will be released at 12:01 a.m. and there are parties at booksellers all across the land, including the prom-themed one my child and several of her friends plan to attend. She has devoured the previous three books in the Twilight series, and this is promised to be the final entry. The third, Eclipse, I think she has been rereading for most of the past month.

I asked at Barnes & Noble the other day, as I was ordering an algebra workbook for the same math-challenged child, what to expect as far as crowd size, remembering a few Harry Potter countdowns. “We’ve done fire code and wait outside before,” I told the clerk. She shook her head, saying after a slow start they were getting quite a few pre-orders and planned to hand out wristbands, but it shouldn’t be as huge.

No matter to my daughter, who has been insisting I should read the series. Besides that I don’t want to dive into teenage vampire romance right now – yep, you read that right – it’s a bit daunting to start in on something as book #4 is arriving.

One of her teachers also loves Edward, she has pointed out. This would be the same (married) teacher who has professed a crush on Orlando Bloom, to which I have no reply except for my Captain Jack Sparrow poster. As far as the notion of taking the Lab to the dog fun hunt trial at the Waterfowl Festival at the Bay City State Recreation Area tomorrow, my daughter regretfully shook her head. Too much reading to do.

This post originally appeared on, the online home of the Midland (MI) Daily News. Republished with permission.

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