Sharon’s Blog : MOB Blog, Nov. 5th
It’s hard to believe we’re rapidly approaching Thanksgiving. I hope you all are doing a better job than I am at getting ready for the holidays. My next-door neighbors had up those orange Halloween lights again this year, making my 6-year-old, Jason, beg for us to buy some. He and I were driving around town on the afternoon of Halloween when he last repeated this request.
I said, “Jason, I’m riding you around at 5:00 on Halloween trying to find a pumpkin that’s not rotten. Do you think we really have time to worry about lights?” We eventually did find seven pumpkins left at a little roadside farmer’s market. Jason was really excited about it, and he jumped out of the car and ran over to the pumpkin stand. The pumpkin-seller (for lack of a better word) looked at me as if I were a slacker mom and said, “He’s gonna get his pumpkin, huh?” I smiled and replied, “Yeah, usually we get one about a week early, but I’ve been really busy.” The man remarked, “Well, I was wondering.” Everybody really is a critic.
The mark of an experienced Mom is that she can pick out some of the Halloween candy from her kids’ bags, and they don’t notice. There’s an art to it.
My oldest son, Billy, 15, made his high school JV basketball team. We are all excited about it because it’s something he’s really worked for — he had a bad experience with try-outs in 8th grade (very political selections) and then had to miss the first night of try-outs last year in 9th because of a sore knee. He went to the next two nights of try-outs then, but only made the first cut. Billy is a good student so I’m glad to see that he is finally getting something he’s worked so diligently for — he deserves it. Lots of practices, though. Our schedule is packed. My middle son, David, 12, will be trying out for his middle school b.b. team next week.
Book news . . . my book House of Testosterone – will be released in December. My book readings are thus far as follows:
Dec. 1st, 7:00 — Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
Dec. 15, 7:00 — Rock Point Books, Chattanooga, TN
Jan. 9th, 7:00 — Barnes & Noble, Cary, NC
If you think your local bookstore would be interested in booking me for a reading/signing, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org — it’d be great to get a group of moms of boys to attend at each book store.
Take care and hang in there,