I love a good book. Reading is one of those things I can do for long periods of time when I am dug deep into a story, whether it is fact or fiction.
Right now I am reading The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan. It's well written, funny and honest. It's her life story of that timethat most of us have or will experience. It's the middle place - that point where you are a parent and still a child yourself.
I pride myself on being pretty damn indepndent. But even so, I think most of us, including me, can admit to experiencing the middle place. I continue to drift in and out of the middle place. As I get older, and especially after living far away from all family, I find myself physically out of the middle place more than I am in it. Emotionally, though, I am not sure we ever leave the middle place. I know at any given moment, I can count on my parents to do whatever needs to be done to help. It's THAT knowledge that keeps me in the middle place. Even if I don't make that call for help, it's good to know I can. As my parents get older, I do realize the day will come when I won't be able to do that. But I will always be Bob and Sandy's daughter, their child. And that means I will never 100% leave the middle place.
If you want to watch the trailer for The Middle Place, it's just a couple of minutes. You will need to pause the music at the left.
I am a 40 something chick, married (to Motorcycle Guy, AKA MG) and raising three boys (Big E, Sous Chef and CJ). We live in the burbs, which I am still adjusting to, even after 11+ years, and counting!