Barbara Wallace is also a relatively new friend, being one of the Romance/Cherish gals (and I love her books). We have lots in common. Dogs. Food. Gorgeous men. And I haven’t even started talking to her about music and films, yet… :o)
Anyway, over to Barbara:
Happy 50th book, Kate! Every time I see that number, I am amazed. This month marks the release of my sixth Harlequin romance title. Every one of those six books took blood, sweat and a whole lot of tears to get on the page. When I think that Kate accomplished this feat FIFTY TIMES (more actually, since she’s now writing book 52 or 53)…well, I feel really honored to be sharing a release month with her – and to be helping her celebrate this tremendous milestone.
I’m all about the celebrating milestone. In my opinion, even the smallest achievements deserve to be recognized. Finished a project? Woot! Woot! Made it through two whole days without breaking your diet? Way to go! Good for you! Got a A+ on that paper you worked all night on? Let’s have ice cream. Alright, that last one may explain why the diet achievement is so noteworthy. But I digress... What matters is that I believe it’s important to recognize key moments in our life and mark them somehow.
This is why I need your help. This week I’m marking my own significant milestone. Not the above-mentioned sixth book – though I am happy about its existence. No, I’m talking about something far more personal.
This week I became an empty nester.
My only child left for college this weekend. For the first time in eighteen years, my husband and I have only each other for company. Now part of me – the mom part – wants to spend some serious time curled in a ball missing my baby. (Actually I did a little bit of that the day I left him at the dormitory.) But there’s another part of me – the writer and the wife – who realizes that, it’s also this is the start of a brand new phase of life. No more is my schedule governed by gymnastic practice times and homework assignments. No longer will my family room be filled with boys playing Call of Duty while depleting the stores of my pantry. The laundry pile is smaller. The grocery bill is smaller. The MESS AROUND THE HOUSE is smaller. Time, space – life – once again belong to my husband and me. At least until our son makes his first visit home.
I feel like I should do something to mark this new phase. Something that says, “yes, I miss my boy, but I’m ready for part two of my life.” Something that says this is my time. Sadly, said celebration can’t be too extravagant, because even though it’s my time, my money belongs to the University of Rhode Island.
So that’s where you all come in. What suggestions do you have for marking this special transition? Are you an empty nester? Did you make changes in your life? Celebrate the new living arrangements? Share! I’m eager for suggestions. I might even borrow one or two.
Soon as I finish sniffling and wishing my son was six years old again.
By the way, because I am all about celebrating milestones, I’m donating a copy of my September release, Mr. Right, Next Door! as a door prize. Granted, it’s not as awesome as Kate’s FIFTIETH book, but then, she’s 44 books ahead of me. ☺
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