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Just be patient, I’m a work in progress

As I have mentioned, Nick often will communicate thoughts and ideas through songs and their lyrics.  Today, during his morning bathing and dressing routine, it was Alan Jackson’s song, Just be Patient, I’m a Work in Progress.  It made both Arden and I laugh.

The idea is intriguing.  The lyrics are specifically about a couple, but I think that the chorus is universal.  We can easily lose patience with those we love and it is good to remember that we all are a work in progress.

“You get tired and disgusted with me
But I can’t be just what you want me to be
I still love you and I try real hard
I swear one day you’ll have a brand new car
I even asked God to try to help me
He looked down from Heaven and said to tell you please
Just be patient, I’m a work in progress”

Some days my life is joyful, and at the end of the day my prayer is easily one of gratitude and peace.  Other days, it seems like I am barely able to hold it together and I have to work at saying a gratitude prayer.  I know that this is a universal experience.  It is just how life is.

Please don’t judge me and I am not proud of this fact, but some days I do run out of patience.  After all these years, my threshold for ‘losing it’ is higher, but sometimes it is still reached and I have a melt down.  Typically it happens when I am tired, or getting sick or when Nick is tired or getting sick.  Afterwards, we both say we are sorry, hug and move on.

I saw a meme today quoting Lynda Meyers that said, “I could walk a mile in your shoes, but I already know they’re just as uncomfortable as mine.  Lets walk next to each other instead.”  I don’t believe that we can truly walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.  We can’t exactly experience their life, even for a short while.  We can walk together, supporting one another, and loving one another through these hard times.

My suggestion for today is to remember to be patient, we are all a work in progress.

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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.