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The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison is a beautiful memoir on the intersection of motherhood with midlife – as children turn into adults, prepare to leave the nest and leave you to wonder, what’s next?
While I’m not quite there yet with my own children, the reality that it will happen in the coming years is very much kicking around in my head. And it’s something I’m not ready for.
Motherhood is the biggest chunk of my identity and focus and yes, while I know they will “need me” even long after they move out and onward with their lives, my role will never truly be the same once that happens.
The author takes us along on her own journey as her “little ones” get ready to finish their high school years & leave for college and how she processes transitioning to a future empty nest and while learning to appreciate the here and now. This was not easy for her as it also included selling their home, moving to a new town, buying a home that needed a total gut job (and living with her parents for a portion of the time)…needless to say this was not seamless!
What I cherished most was the author’s honesty…about the move, the worries she has for her children and what the next stage of life looks like. She lays it all out there- her doubts, her hopes, and her fears all mixed with hope for the future.
There was a bit of crying throughout (me. shocking.) as her words and emotions resonated so close to home. As a mom, I felt seen and it was a lot for me to process.
I loved this book and it truly touched my heart so much that when I finished my library copy, I automatically ordered a copy for my own bookshelf. (I know fellow book lovers understand this!)
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