I was planning on writing a post about Autumn and why it's my favorite season, and struggling with how to put a fresh spin on such a familiar topic, and then my mother fell and broke her neck.
Yes, I mean that literally. Apparently it's becoming more and more common especially among older women. Something to look forward to, I suppose.
So here I am back in my parents' home for the next several weeks (although I hasten to add that this is not the house I grew up in) and for all intents and purposes, our roles have been reversed. My mother needs help dressing and bathing and eating. I find myself nagging her to drink more water, asking her if she needs to use the bathroom, complaining about her stubbornness and lack of patience. It's odd to see how we've come almost full-circle. And it's fitting that we should do so in the Autumn of the year.
This is also going to be the first Autumn I've spent on the East Coast in almost thirty years. Already there are things that seem different than before; and other things that I am re-discovering. I've also been reconnecting with relatives I hadn't seen in some time, catching up on things I've missed, hearing old stories I'd half-forgotten
All in all, it's been an interesting and very colorful time, full of nostalgia and melancholy and memento mori--everything that Autumn should be.
It struck me tonight that homecoming is also the theme of two of the books I have on sale this month.
In Scent of the Roses, the first book in the trilogy that makes up my new box set Welcome to Oberon, Scout Patterson finds herself back at home after twenty years, where she's faced with many of the same emotions I'm dealing with...less the serial killer. So far. I hope. ;-)
In In the Dark, (the first book in my Children of Night series) twins Marc and Julie return to San Francisco to find that nothing is as they'd expected and, in a classic role reversal, they have to rescue the parent who'd once seemed invincible.
Both will be available for a limited time for only .99--Welcome to Oberon is on sale now and for the next two weeks, In the Dark is on sale from October 15th through the 31st. More information on both can be found at www.PGForte.com
What about you? Do you have a favorite season? A favorite theme? A favorite family story? I'd love to know!