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The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother's Memoir Kindle Edition
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"Kenison writes so beautifully and clearly about what is most important in family life."―Jane Hamilton, author of A Map of the World and Laura Rider's Masterpiece
An honest, graceful book that every parent will appreciate. In the thick of challenging changes, emotional troughs, and tender realizations the reader will find comfort and guidance. Here is a fine writer, a dedicated mother, and a spiritual seeker speaking intimately to parents in search of wisdom."―Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul and Writing in the Sand
How I admire this mid-life mom, who writes with strong contemplative spirit and a heart wide open to change. Her memoir is a courageous and generous contribution to deepening American family life.―Nancy Mellon, author of Body Eloquence
"The Gift of an Ordinary Day is much more than a memoir of motherhood; it is an inspired and inspiring meditation on midlife. What Katrina Kenison gives mothers-her gift-is the promise of reinventing ourselves as our kids grow up and we grow older, and the assurance of an invitingly abundant landscape on the far side of parenthood."―Lisa Garrigues, author of Writing Motherhood --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B002M2ASYW
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (August 20, 2009)
- Publication date : August 20, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 856 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 332 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0446409480
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #672,004 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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That said, as much as I love this author's gorgeous writing, there were many times I doubted the wisdom of uprooting her family while her boys were reasonably settled in a good neighborhood and school system. She was very honest about her reasons for doing so, and admitted upfront that it wasn't an easy decision. But it wasn't a decision I would have made for my family -- at that particular stage in life. (I would have waited until the children were off on their own -- but this isn't my story.) Even so, the family's move to New Hampshire provided the tension this memoir needs, so it nonetheless made for an interesting read. I had to keep turning the pages to find out what happened and how her boys adjusted.
I do think it could have been edited a bit shorter, as other reviewers have indicated, but it was a lovely read and I will gladly recommend it other midlife moms.
This memoir shows a family who is transitioning to an empty nest, who has moved to a new home, new town, and is making new friends and finding their way. And most of all, in this book Kenison shares her own fears and worries for her children, something mothers everywhere will be able to relate to. Reading this book may not give me all the answers about how to raise my own children, or how to not lose my patience with their constant bickering, yet I feel like I did get something out of this book, that Kenison's own admissions were helpful to me. That her ability to share her feelings help validate my own.
Kenison has written one other book, Mitten Strings for God that I will be looking for, and I look forward to any of her future work and finding out what she and her family are up to.
I loved Mitten Strings for its light and simple message of simple living (specfivally as it pertains to child rearing). I struggled at times to read this book because the emotional content was heavy and her searching/ mid life questioning seems sometimes endless. However, after taking the full book in context, I have a true appreciation for her journey and that of all parents who face life after children. The reality of reinvention or rebirth is meant to be slow and sometimes hard so that we appreciate what comes out on the other side.
Thank you for an interesting and honest view on this stage of life.
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There is a video by the author as well (a slide show accompanied by the author reading a section of the book). I recommend both -- they have very different 'flavours'.
Given my own harried life, a few times I thought, this woman has too much time to think about things. But of course I'd love to have the time to reflect on so many aspects of my life, as the author does here. It's just not possible right now. It's still good to witness and appreciate others' efforts in this area.