The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir is an intimate memoir of a family in transition-boys becoming teenagers, careers ending and new ones opening up, an attempt to find a deeper sense of place, and a slower pace, in a small New England town. It is a story of mid-life longings and discoveries, of lessons learned in the search for home and a new sense of purpose, and the bittersweet intensity of life with teenagers–holding on, letting go.
Poised on the threshold between family life as she’s always known it and her older son’s departure for college, Kenison is surprised to find that the times she treasures most are the ordinary, unremarkable moments of everyday life, the very moments that she once took for granted, or rushed right through without noticing at all.
The relationships, hopes, and dreams that Kenison illuminates will touch women’s hearts, and her words will inspire mothers everywhere as they try to make peace with the inevitable changes in store.
I immersed myself into this book over the weekend. I knew I would be offering a giveaway today and wanted to include my review. Author, Katrina Kenison (40ish) is facing a time in her life when her sons are quickly running towards adulthood and there is a yearning in her to move from their technology driven, suburban home in search for a wider spaces and a reconnection of her family. She did not expect to sell her current house before buying a new house, moving back home with her parents, losing her job and dealing with teen-age angst. That goes a little beyond when it rains it pours. Yet, the struggles the family faces are exactly what is needed to bring them together.
Ms. Kenison describes her fears of an unknown future – where will we live, high school, college, finances – and how this time of upheaval can actually be viewed as a time of freedom, an opportunity to start over and live a fulfilled life. There are many instances of reflection to when her sons were young and so much time was devoted to fulfilling their days. Now, with her boys requiring less of her and beginning to live their own lives, she realizes her own thoughts on what she desires has changed.
Ms. Kenison’s writing is very poetic. Perhaps a little too poetic bordering on the very flowery. Mind you, I am not a flowery gal and while there were times I found my mind wandering during the story, I certainly appreciate the author’s meaning. I too am 40ish, lost my job and have a teen-age daughter who is ready to take on the world. This is a turning point in my life. This book did poke my brain and has caused me to take a look at what I want for my future. Do I take any job that comes my way or try to wait it out for a job I may actually enjoy most days? Should I go back to school? How much leeway and assistance do I give my daughter? How much do I insist she finds her own way? What do I want her to learn from me and how I handle this stressful period? I believe this book has fulfilled it’s mission! Thank you to Hachette Book Group for providing me a copy of this book for review.
Have you ever been at a cross-roads in your life? What was your inspiration to get through it?
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Springboard Press (September 7, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446409480
- ISBN-13: 978-0446409483
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