You know that old Chinese saying, Change = Opportunity? Ppfftt! I've never found change to be easy and rewarding. Maybe it started when I was ten and my dad moved out. In that one moment, my life went from Leave It to Beaver to The Parent Trap, only without the twin. And my mother fell apart a little too, so those days were hard. We did come out of that period stronger than ever, but I'm not going to lie--it was stressful at the time.
I have found ways to deal with change a little better--cake for one thing! Nothing in the world cheers me up more quickly than baking. As I'm beating the butter and sugar and vanilla and eggs and sifting in the flour, I feel like I'm one in a long line of women who've figured out that a fragrant cake shared with someone you love lessens any pain.
The other thing? Friends. I'm lucky that way. I haven't been in Key West that long, but I've got the best friends ever. Connie, who was my roommate in college, lives on a houseboat right up the dock. And Miss Gloria, my boatmate, what can I say? Picture a grandmother and an elf all mixed up together and you've got Miss G.
|photo by Carol Tedesco|
One more change--my writer tells me I won't be a regular here on the blog anymore. I'll miss you characters so much! Keep in touch, okay? And I hope I'll be back to visit. Uh-oh, I feel a cake coming on....
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Fatal Reservations, sixth in the Key West series, will be in bookstores tomorrow--July 7! You can order it wherever books are sold.