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“Oh well.”

Nick has taught us another valuable lesson.  Years ago, we noticed that whenever something bad had happened, Nick would say, “Oh well.”  It might be when the stack he was creating fell over, or even when he himself fell over.  It might be when I was feeding him and I missed and the food was all over the place.  Anything that was frustrating for him to experience, Nick would say, “Oh well.”  We would laugh and I would agree with him.  “You are right, Nick, Oh well.”  I would feel better.  Whether it was the laughter or saying “Oh well,” I am not sure which was the cause.

The next lesson for me came when he would notice that I was frustrated with something that was happening to me.  He started asking, “Oh well, right mommy?” At first I would just look at him.  I am sure that my face was not a happy face.  I certainly didn’t feel like laughing.  This was me it was happening to, and I usually felt it was a pretty serious situation.  Anyway, since he didn’t get the response that he wanted, he would repeat his question, “Oh well, right mommy?” over and over until I would agree with him.  Reluctantly I would say, “you are right Nick, Oh well.”

This lesson took time for me to learn.  I am not always perfect at it, but usually I can see the humor in the situation or at least not take myself so seriously when the unexpected happens.  Tough experiences have taught me that I can get through them.  I just say, “Oh well.” And try to mean it.

So try it, “Oh well.” when the milk spills, “Oh well.” the bread is moldy.  “Oh well.”  someone just hit my car.  “Oh well.” someone hurt my feelings.  The possibilities are endless.  Let me know how it goes.

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  1. Good attitude to have. I tend to dwell too much on things. I will try to take Nick’s advice. 🙂

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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.

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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.