Okay, I know it’s only June, and school has only been out for a week or two, but October isn’t that far away, not really. At least it isn't for those of us who are anxiously waiting for the calendar pictures to show red leaves and pumpkins. Why am I looking forward to October? Because that’s the month I get to appear in print. Yes, Beth Kennedy, absolutely not extraordinaire at anything, will be the main character in Laura Alden’s Murder at the PTA.
(Don’t tell my mother, okay? She’d be sure to find something wrong with the book every time I show up on the page. And since the book is in first person…um…let’s just say it’s better for everyone involved if she never finds out.)
What’s the book about? It all started when my best friend…you know Marina, don’t you? Everyone in Rynwood knows Marina. Light red hair, bigger than life, full of loud laughter and hugs and unsolicited advice. You don’t know Marina? Oh. Well, you probably know someone a lot like her.
Anyway, Marina convinced me it was in my best interest and the best interest of my children (Jenna, age 10 and Oliver, age 7) to run for secretary of the Tarver Elementary PTA. I’m still not sure how it was supposed to be good for the kids, but her arguments made sense at the time. You’d think I’d have enough to do with two offspring, a children’s bookstore to run, and an ex-husband to tolerate, but no, Marina said I needed to get out more.
Okay, maybe she was right, but don’t tell her. She’s smug enough as it is.
After I became PTA secretary, events in our little Wisconsin town started eventing at high speed. School addition proposals, near riots, and then the Tarver Elementary principal got murdered. Murder? Here in sleepy Rynwood? It didn’t make sense.
Of course a lot of things don’t make sense to me. Golf handicapping, for one. And the existence of daylight savings time. But the biggest mystery of all is this: Why is Evan Garrett taking an interest in me? Said Mr. Garrett is movie-star handsome, rich, and currently single. Why he would want to date me is one of those unfathomable questions that is probably best not to ask.
So I’ll just wonder about it. Silently. Right before I drift off to sleep. What better way to guarantee sweet dreams?
Uh-oh. Time for me to get going. There’s a PTA meeting coming up and I need to do some research on gluten-free bake sales. See you on July 19!