Monday, April 21, 2014

Fresh Beginnings

Bran New Death

By: Merry Wynter
From: Merry Muffin Mystery Series
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Book 1 Title: Bran New Death
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2013

Fresh Beginnings

Life is not a do-over; isn't that what we're told all the time? And it's true. We don't get to correct our mistakes most of the time. You can't un-hurt somebody. You can't un-call someone a bad name, or un-gossip about someone. You can't un-have an accident.

Someone you love will never un-die. How well I know that. I miss Miguel, the husband of my heart and body for two short years; I miss him so very badly, but he's gone and I have a hopefully long life to live ahead of me.

How do I do that? Well, though we often can't undo events that have made us unhappy, or correct what we have done when it results in rotten consequences, we can always make a  fresh start. And that is what Wynter Castle in Autumn Vale, upstate New York, is for me, a fresh start. I left behind the demise of my stylist career. I left behind the big city. I left behind a lifestyle that I was beginning to tire of. 

And now I'm living in a castle in the middle of the woods, like some superannuated fairy tale princess. 

Whether I keep it (Love to, but how to afford to live here?) or sell it and leave, my life is my own to restart. Miguel would tell me that a happy woman is a woman in love, but I'm not sure I can ever love again. Won't any man feel like hamburger after the sirloin that was Miguel Paradiso? 

However... I'm beginning to think that steak comes in different forms: sirloin, filet mignon, New York strip and a really thick, juicy T-bone. Just because Miguel was sirloin, maybe I'd still like a big old hunk of beef in another form, like a certain handsome sheriff named Virgil Grace.  

A fresh start; falling love would be the ultimate fresh start for a heartbroken widow, wouldn't it? I'll have to think about that some more.            

Have you ever had to make a fresh start? Do you have any advice?

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  1. It takes time. We each need to give our sadness the time it needs to heal.

  2. So true, Ikleback. Like Merry in the books, we've had times in our lives when starting over has been forced on us by circumstances. And then other times when we've made a decision to start something new. Either way it takes time.