Friday, May 27, 2016
What’s a Mother to Do?
by Lena Istvanffy Reece, from the Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz
My daughter never ceases to surprise me. Pepper thinks my interest in astrology, and my study of personality types through the Enneagram, Myers-Briggs, and constitutional homeopathy gives me extra insight into human nature, and it does, but it hardly makes life—or my children—predictable.
You could have knocked me over with the proverbial feather when she left her husband. I’d never been completely convinced that they were right for each other, but after thirteen years of marriage, they seemed to be solid. I nearly fell over in astonishment when, thirty days later, she plunked down every penny she had on an unfinished loft in a century-old warehouse above the waterfront. Although she has certainly fixed it up nicely.
And when the law firm where she’d worked for years, managing staff HR, imploded in scandal and she lost her job, I had no idea what she would do. I never imagined she’d respond by buying the Seattle Spice Shop, a forty-year-old institution mired in the past, but I kept my mouth shut.
After all that unexpected change, I thought she needed a new hair cut. She resisted. She’d work her hair in same sophisticated, city-girl style for years, and it suited her, but a new life needs a new look. Took some convincing, but I’m pretty sure she likes her new freeform mop as much as I do.
Not that she sees any of this the way I do. That’s the thing about mothers and daughters. In sync and on a different track at the same time!
I’m coming back to Seattle soon for a visit. I wonder what changes Pepper has in store now.
What surprises you the most about your daughter, or your mother?
Watch for KILLING THYME, the third Seattle Spice Shop Mystery, in October 2016!
Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. The president of Sisters in Crime, she lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher.
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