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My Upcoming Memoir

Are You Sitting Down?

Are you Sitting Down, is a memoir of  the journey of two single mothers, who were unlikely friends, but through a meeting of fate, ended up forging an unbreakable bond, overcoming dangerous involvements and multiple tragedies. After hearing our story, people ask, “when are you going to write your book”? 

 

We always knew we had a story that needed to be told, but life got in the way, until now! Enjoy an excerpt (work in progress) of, Are You Sitting Down?

Friends

 

Many people will walk in and out of your life,

but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart

 Author unknown

 

It was Sunday, August  12, 2007, on a blistering hot day.  I was grudgingly trying to finish my weekend chores so I could get ready for the busy work week ahead.  As evening  approached, my husband and I  decided to cook dinner on our outside grill.  Our patio faced the mountains and offered a stunning view of the Book Cliff Mountain Range which is a recreational playground in our area for those looking for adventure.  We commented on how fortunate we were to live and work in these magnificent mountains that surrounded us.  

As the sun began to lower in the blue and red streaked sky, I  settled into my home office to prepare notes for the next day’s meeting when the phone rang.  My first instinct was to ignore the call so I could continue with what I was doing, until I saw the caller was from my best friend’s mom. 

 

I knew before I picked up the phone that something was wrong.  A sick feeling instantly came over me and I could feel my heart  pounding in my chest.  I reluctantly answered, and I heard a sweet but shaky voice say,  “Lee honey, are you sitting down?” she paused, then said, “You need to call Faith,  John died on the mountain today.”

Before I made that heart wrenching call, a wide range of emotions engulfed me, fluctuating between  sorrow and anger that she was cursed to relive this horror.  Suddenly, I felt myself being transported back to 1980 and I began to recall those memories all over again. 

Are you Sitting Down, is a memoir of the journey of two single mothers, who were unlikely friends, but through a meeting of fate,  ended up forging an unbreakable bond, overcoming dangerous involvements and multiple tragedies.

We each  experienced our own emotional struggles and heartaches, but we ultimately came to understand that because of the love for our children and the refusal to give up hope, there is light after darkness. 

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