Posted By Kathleen David on October 27, 2007
I have been a fan of Rosie O’Donnell after I accidentally saw her stand-up late one night on TV way back when she was just starting. Over the years I have just grown in admiration for her painfully honest point of view and her comic timing. Ariel has been a big fan of hers for as long as she can remember.
Last night Rosie was signing at the Book Revue in Huntington, which is a bookstore I can highly recommend as worth the trip. They have both new and used books for sale. The store is tidy and very well organized. We decided to make the trip so Ariel could meet Rosie and I could get a copy of “Tigerheart” (coming out in June 2008) to her.
We arrived a little over 2 hours before she started signing and good thing too. The line formed quickly and it was long. She signed for over two hours for over 300 people. We were about 30 people back from the front of the line. We had fun chatting with the people in the line about Rosie and where we were from and what we did. Diverse is the word I would use for that group. One woman there who wanted to meet Rosie was 85. There were kids as well who loved her.
She is great with kids. There were a couple of kids there in wheelchairs who are big fans of hers and she spent extra time with them making the moment she spent with them about them. She also spent some time talking to these kids brothers and sisters since she said that they probably got no attention at events like this. One boy who had a rather sullen look on his face all of the sudden broke out into a beautiful smile and said very quietly, “Yeah.” She gave him a hug, which I think did more for him that an autograph ever could.
And there were a couple of goons who either worked for or are rabid fans of Bill O’Reilly that were there to cause trouble. Unfortunately, they were towards the front of the line with a video camera and an agenda. So that put a bit of a downer on the festivities and stopped the line cold for a while security and Rosie’s brother dealt with the idiots who were desperately trying to pick a fight.
We got up there and Ariel got to meet her. Ariel showed her the Broadway Bear we got that Rosie had signed and Rosie personalized the Bear. Ariel told Rosie that she had played Golda too in her middle school production of Fiddler on the Roof. They sang the first stanza of Sabbath prayer together and Ariel floated down the stairs having met one of her heroes.
Rosie O’Donnell is a class act all the way and I am even more impressed that I was before with her.
I am grateful that we took the time to stand in line and meet Rosie.