This week I’ve been working on the schedule for launching the 2nd edition of I Was In Love With a Short Man Once. This has me thinking a bit about all the “seconds” in my life – books, marriages, homes, and careers. I do seem to re-direct my life quite a bit. Am I greedy? Indecisive? Perhaps just lucky?
The reality is, the journey to the middle-aged cheap seats is peppered with U-turns, do-overs, and second chances. You can’t reach Club 50 status without experiencing a few detours. I suppose it’s all part of the journey. Life rarely turns out exactly as you plan it, even if you are an uber Virgo.
Marriages. There are lots of examples of couples who marry young and make it last for decades. Just this past weekend, on CBS Sunday Morning, I watched an interesting feature story about Pat Boone–hey, no one was more surprised than me that this was interesting!–who married his high school sweetheart at age 19, and they’re still together, sixty-two years later.
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However, for a lot of us, including moi, marriage seems to work better the second time around. I’ve been with the Hubs now fourteen years and we’re still in it to win it. Honestly, God bless this man.
Careers. For over twenty-five years I’ve worked in the world of criminal and juvenile justice. Though I’ve switched employers and locations a time or two, I’ve focused most often on prevention of crime and delinquency. I do think the millennials are on to something in that they seem much more willing than the baby boomers to change things up in order to lead a more fulfilling and balanced life. Since 2010 I have managed to add a second career tier as a humor writer. This has been way more fun than I could have ever possibly imagined. And to prove it, I’ve got a second book coming out in August! Thank you Booktrope Publishing. Here’s a sneak peak of the cover, whatcha think?
Homes. No one is more surprised than me that the Hubs and I have a second home. Affectionately called Nutter House–cuz ya gotta name a second home–it’s become our refuge and place to get away from the craziness that is the DC metro area. In the new book I’ve included a story about Nutter House explaining how it got its name. Someday, hopefully soon, I’ll wake up to this view every morning:
What about you?
What have been the “seconds” in your life?