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How do I live without you?

I have mentioned that Nick broke his ankle last week.  Well that has brought many unexpected experiences.  Some of them are more fun than others.  All have been memorable.

Nick continues to amaze me.  Let me share this one story as an example.  He has been very tired since he broke his ankle.  One day this past week, when we woke him up from sleeping, he had soiled the bed.  A wet bed is not easy to clean up after a child pees, but with a grown man, it is truly a mess.

Arden and I are both trying to have good attitudes through this broken ankle experience and not be frustrated.  It hasn’t been easy.  In any case, we got him undressed and into the bathroom to begin the process of cleaning him up.  Since he can’t walk right now, moving him requires both of us working to wheel him down the hall and into the bathroom.  We both left him there for just a minute, to retrieve some things we needed to clean him.  As we headed back to bathroom, we heard him start to sing….

“How do I live without you? I want to know.  How do I breathe without you?  If you ever go, How do I ever, ever survive.  How do I, How do I , oh How do I live?”

It made both of us smile, and dissolved our frustration.  I walked back into the bathroom and said, “are you singing to us?”  “Yes,” was the reply, “Shania Twain sing it.”  Although there have been many women who have recorded this song, Nick loves Shania’s version.

Sometimes Nick has used the lyrics to songs that he knows to communicate with us, especially when he can’t articulate his thoughts completely.  As I said he continues to amaze me.

It was a wonderful experience for us.  We knew that he appreciated us taking care of him especially during this difficult time.  As a caregiver, it can really help during the hard days to know that what you are doing is appreciated.

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Announcing that I have finished a book with the working title of “The Fairy Fort.” I am currently pitching it to publishers. Keep checking back to watch the progress of my newest novel.

Here is a quick glimpse of the story.

Sarah Doherty is an 18-year-old living in rural Ireland at the tail end of the Great War. Plagued by severe epilepsy, she is protected by her parents and lives a sheltered, secluded, lonely life. The Fae, local Irish fairies, interfere with her life. She falls forward a century in time through the local fairy fort of standing stones. She had a seizure in 1918 and woke up in 2020. The 21st century world includes life-saving prescriptions, physical comforts and the independence and freedom she seeks. The locals are welcoming and Andy Mclaughlin, a handsome young historian, is intriguing. She doesn’t want to return home.

Then a letter arrives from Boston divulging the story of Sarah and Andy’s lives that are deeply entwined in the previous century. They are not yet in love but as they seek to verify the letter through online resources, they feel a growing obligation to their unborn family and to each other. What would happen to their posterity living in Boston if they don’t return to 1918? Even if they do make it back, her parents can never know what happened to her or that would change everything.

This Young Adult time-travel romance explores the question: Do we have the freedom to make choices or is free will an elaborate illusion?

This is my third book. I love reading time travel romances. I am an advocate for epilepsy awareness because my 43-year-old son has intractable epilepsy. As a genealogist specializing in Irish research, I live part of the year in the village where the story is based. I wrote the book to help young adults understand that difficult situations can change your life. Sometimes miraculously.