A funny thing happened last weekend. I turned on my computer to check email, and there were a dozen letters from Australia, each bearing kind Happy Mother’s Day wishes from down under. There were even more messages for me on Facebook. I was puzzled at first, but then the fifth note I read explained what was going on: “Your Gift of an Ordinary Day video is going viral in Australia,” a mom of two wrote to me.
Sure enough. I paid a visit to the YouTube link: 200,000 more clicks in just a couple of days — and suddenly my three-year-old video was inching right up toward 2 million views. (When I told this to my friend Ann Patchett, she promptly pointed out that Fifty Shades of Grey first went viral in Australia, too, which is probably not relevant, but who can say? I’m pretty certain her email is the only time the titles Fifty Shades of Grey and The Gift of an Ordinary Day have appeared in the same sentence, and that alone gave me pause.) [continue…]