We all come into this world because of our moms, and often we define what a mother is from that first experience: we are all a child to a mother. But as our lives progress, the challenges mothers face might alter the definition, expanding a mother’s roles to include teacher, caregiver, friend–and so many others. Today I invite you to meet some moms–Anne, Claire, Emily, Hazel and Sunny. Of the five women, some you might immediately identify with, some you might criticize, pity or weep for. But all of these women are moms and they all have a story to share with you.
Anne: She is In her thirties and divorced, a working mother with one child–twelve-year-old Cara. Anne must commute to the city to work, worrying about Cara every day. And though she tries to avoid him, Anne knows her co-worker Mark wants a relationship. But is she ready? Is Cara ready? When an attempted kidnapping occurs near Cara’s school, Anne has to ask herself if any of the decisions she is making are the right ones. Then Cara, asks: do men always want to hurt people? Anne must not only begin to explain sex to Cara, but also ask herself why she is in conflict about the purpose and wisdom of forming a new relationship with Mark. All is revealed in my story FACTS OF LIFE.
Claire Emmerling: Unmarried and unsure, Claire is in her early forties and pregnant for the first time. The father? Neurosurgeon Dr. Christian Farr who Claire has worked with for many years. She will not reveal the pregnancy to him, fearful that his words might distract her from becoming a mother. But when she finds Polaroid photos of her own mother pregnant with her–Claire realizes that baby was incidental to the sex, but the child that moves within her is everything–the sex incidental. How will Claire move forward? Read SOMEDAY IT WILL BE DECEMBER.
Hazel Enright: Hazel cannot eat hard-boiled eggs. A woods deep and dark with conifers frightens her and the smell of scorched linens makes her ill–because all of these plunge Hazel into the memory of being pregnant at sixteen and her parents forcing her to “go away”, have her baby and then give it up. How will this change Hazel? Read HAZEL’S CHILD.
Emily: Everyone is leaving Emily–her husband constantly on business trips, her children off to college and her doctor telling her she must have a hysterectomy. Is there anyone Emily can talk to who will understand the loneliness she is dealing with? When an old friend Veda calls and asks her to meet for tea, Emily dutifully goes, though she thinks she’d rather rake leaves in the rain. It might be the autumn of her life and then again, when Veda exposes that her life is not the fantasy Emily believed it was–the tables are turned. Find out how Emily resolves all of this in MAKING CHANGE.
Sunny: She’s a landscaper with a cheating husband, a daughter of her own and an adopted daughter, Colette. Sunny would rather spend time with an older friend, social worker Elise, than her own mother, Marilyn. But when daughter Colette takes too many pills and is rushed to the hospital, the jumble of Sunny’s life fades away and only one thing matters–to save Colette and to find the right words to make Colette see that there are good things in life. Sunny sees the chance for change in Colette’s astonishing hair spread out on her pillow. The profundity of it. From glossy filaments and tendrils in her baby pictures had burst this mass. It was like recognizing power in an infinitesimal seed, a coil of energy ready to spring, Colette’s hair pouring from her scalp in autumnal brightness. But what else was Colette germinating? Find out in YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG.
Thanks for considering meeting these moms and reading about them in A MOTHER’S TIME CAPSULE, a perfect gift for you on MOTHER’S DAY, May 8th or for a mother you know. To purchase A MOTHER’S TIME CAPSULE from Amazon, B&N, kobo etc go here. And don’t forget the dark chocolate–one story a night with the tasty treat!
COMMENTS ABOUT CAPSULE
What a wonderful book this is – filled with heart memories, a perfect gift for Mother’s Day for yourself or someone else! I love Elizabeth A. Havey‘s writing! Carol Boyer
Beautifully written. Emotional, thought provoking tales which are the perfect length for dipping in and out of. Cathy L.
This author has a unique voice and writes with such profound emotion it’s as if she’s left a part of herself on every page. Susan Haught
The extraordinary imagery of these stories is evocative of the early years when I was raising my two sons. “A Mother’s Time Capsule” artfully describes the woes and wonder of being a mother. I will read it over many times. Kelly M.