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The Gift of an Ordinary Day
The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother's Memoir | Katrina Kenison
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The Gift of an Ordinary Day 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.
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I suddenly had the urge to re-read this memoir. It seems timely as my 17 year old heads off to college in a week and things are very much in flux in my home. Blurb from the jacket..."...a story of midlife longings and discoveries, if 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."

JulAnna This has been on my TBR for a while, haven't had the emotional courage to tackle it. Both of my children have now graduated from college. 2y
christineandbooks @JulAnna Hah! I'm hoping it will *give* me emotional courage! 😃 Congrats on the college grads! 2y
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