Hello Junior High

Jessie started seventh grade the other day. Out here in our neck of the woods, seventh grade is the start of Junior High. I was so excited for her I spent the whole day wondering where she was at that precise moment. It’s 9:30, where in the world is Jessie? Is she in Math! I hope so…I love math! (Jessie not so much.)

Jessie is growing up so fast. She’s growing about two inches a week (seems like) and shedding clothes and shoes like she thinks they’re disposable. She’s growing so fast she’s almost as tall as me. It makes my heart ache, a little, to look at her now. I can see the woman she will become, in her face, and it floors me because she is still my little girl. She’s just not so little anymore.

I’ve started a new chapter in my life, too: I got a job! I didn’t mean to it just kind of happened to me. Since Janet and I bought our condo I joined the HOA board to become more involved in our community. When the groundskeeper left a couple of weeks ago the other board members asked if I wanted to take over for him and much to my surprise I said yes.

The first day was great: I walked over twenty three thousand steps and never felt better. The next day, man, my feet hurt! It’s taken me three weeks to adjust but now my body feels back to normal. I’m averaging about sixteen thousand steps a day, have gotten to know several new neighbors and I don’t wobble when I walk anymore.

I told the rest of the board members I’ll work until the end of the year and we’ll take it from there but this seems like a great job for me at this moment; funny how life works out sometimes. It’s a part time job, flexible, allows me to spend time with Roxy the Boston Terrier, and I’m able to still be involved with Jessie’s life because, at the moment, she still likes me. That could change at any moment…right along with her shoe size!


ps. I still consider myself a writer, it just became too hard to promote a book all by myself. I signed up with Bella books and they told me they would publish Blue Hydrangeas sometime in early spring. That’s a long time from now, from my point of view, and I haven’t been writing much lately. I just haven’t felt like it much. So, this new job is perfect for me: keeps me busy and out of trouble (Janet hopes) and when Bella does need me to do something…I’m ready!


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