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Monday, January 9, 2017

Moving Out

Mark the Independent

Mark was angry.
And no one could get angry like our little two-year-old.
Anyplace would be better than this one.
Grandma's was infinitely superior.
She never made him clean up his toys or eat his meals.
He was leaving.
He had his pajamas and Kermit the Frog.
He was packed.
And out of here.
I sat, nursing the baby, and watched him walk down the hallway, one leg of his sleeper hanging out through the improperly closed zipper of his backpack.
My little independent man.
“I'm going, Mom!” he said loudly, without looking back.
His 'declaration of independence' continued as he moved along the hall . . .
“I'm going!”
“Here I go!”
“Yup. I'm going!”
“Going to Gramma's”
“You won't see me!”
Yup. Living with Gramma now!”
“Bye!”
By this point he had made it the entire length of the hall and was out of my sight.
There was a short pause and I could hear the sounds of movement and a tiny grunt.
Then, “Mom! Can you open the door?”
Yup. My independent little man.
Walking to his Grandmother's ten miles away.
If he could make it out of the house.

A side note:
I am way past excited! My book, Daughter of Ishmael hits store shelves tomorrow (Tuesday, January 10)!
It's my first attempt at writing a Biblical story.
It will be available at Amazon, both .ca and .com
And at all LDS Bookstores!

18 comments:

  1. Love this story. I remember being angry at my mom and running away from home (after calling dad at work and telling him to come get me).
    CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so excited that tomorrow is finally the day. The book will be a best seller in no time!

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    1. My middle son tried it once and got as far as the garage. I was never tempted. I liked Mom's cooking too much!
      And thank you! I'm Soooo excited!

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  2. Such a cute story....and....CONGRATULATIONS......

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  3. Congratulations on your book!!! Darling story.

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    1. Thanks, Haralee! Hard to believe the little boy from that story will be 40 in a couple of weeks!

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  4. Awww ... so, did you open the door? :)

    Congratulations!

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    1. Not on your life! The little monkey would have started the trudge to Gramma's and I'd have had to go and get him!
      And thank you!

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  5. Daughter of Ishmael is captivating! It draws you right into the Book of Mormon bringing fresh insights to the history of Lehi and Sariah's family. There was a lot of research that went into writing this masterpiece! A must read!!!

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  6. My youngest brother announced he was running away 'down the Cotter. I will steal food from the campers.' when he was a little older than that. My mother's crime was to ask him to peel potatoes.
    Huge congratulations on your latest release.

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    1. Well, for sure. I mean--peeling potatoes?! What was his mother thinking! ;)

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  7. Such a cute story and congrats on the publication of another book - you are SO prolific! Nice to see you branching out with the theme of this one x

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    1. Thank you so much, Leanne! It was a real departure for me!

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  8. There's always at least one child per family who is determined to move out before the age of five.
    Congratulations on your new book, I hope it does really well.

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  9. Congrats. I am looking forward to reading this. I imagine I'll hear echoes of my former self in your words.

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