I can say that four days of last month were spent being "nana" to my - almost -13-going-on-21 granddaughter. It was a quiet respite for me....she certainly knows how to take care of herself. The challenging little girl is more contemplative and precise in her own intentions and always a joy to be with. She is now a seventh grader and I had the privilege...and I mean it, privilege to take her to and from school and to her cheer leading practices as her mom joined her husband for a trip to Boston. "Nana" enjoyed herself immensely.
I spent that time with meaning. Re-editing my book for a contest, which I hope it does well in. I have given it a different name, one that was the working title for several years before I named it Escaping the Jaws of Life. So, I said to myself "why not?" I have read of other authors doing the same thing to their books, with revisions that update it or a simple re title to make them much more marketable. I really have nothing to lose at this point....a shrugged shoulder approach, if you might call it. But it was fun going through my book again, and wondering - "I really wrote that?"
Now for the update of the group I have formed. It's exciting, because I got 17 excited widows/widowers to join the meetup group for the San Francisco bay area. I know from experience, the value of having someone to talk to who has "been in my shoes". After going to Camp Widow, and meeting so many delightful people there, I realized with some conviction to follow-through and finish what I started. I'm glad to say that we now are in the midst of planning another event which probably will be in Sonoma. Wine tasting will be an event for sure - and no Whiners Please!
I truly am glad I can help in this effort. So...my friends...if you are a widow/er and would like to join this group, just get on Meetup and look up Modern Widows of the SF Bay. The more the merrier (uh Merry Widow/ers?) the better.