Tuesday, November 27, 2012
A mother’s post-pumpkin pie blues
by Francesca “Fresca” Conti Murphy
- from Death al Dente, Book One of The Food Lovers' Village Mysteries, by Leslie Budewitz, coming in August 2013
My youngest has strayed a bit from the nest. They should take off–for a while at least, shouldn’t they? Heaven knows, I did–and thank goodness, or I’d never have met their father, Tom Murphy. If not for wanderlust, I wouldn’t have had nearly thirty years with him, and wouldn’t have my three beautiful children or my grandson Landon.
Both Chiara and Nick were already away from home, in college, when Tom was killed. I suppose I leaned a little too much on Erin. She was still in high school, and had to grow up pretty quickly. After college in Montana, she headed to Seattle, and she’s doing well out there. I’m so proud of her, working her way up through the ranks at SavClub, as a grocery buyer. She’s become quite the city girl.
A mother wants her children happy. If they’re close by, that’s even better. It’s such a joy to have Chiara and her husband Jason and their adorable little guy Landon Thomas living on the original Murphy homestead, a hop and a skip from the house where Tom was raised, and where he and I settled. And I’m delighted that Nick is using the old cabin above the orchard as his home base. Seeing their faces, along with our good friends Bob, Liz, and Heidi, eating turkey and pumpkin pie at my Thanksgiving table made my heart swell with joy.
Maybe next year, my table will be full–like my heart.
Who do you miss at your holiday table?
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Death al Dente, the first book in The Food Lovers' Village Mysteries, debuts from Berkley Prime Crime in summer 2013. The series is set in a small, lakeside resort community in Northwest Montana, on the road to Glacier Park. Guess where Leslie Budewitz lives! Leslie is also a lawyer and won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure (Quill Driver Books). To find out more about the book, visit Law & Fiction, her website , and blog.