I am a woman in mid-life with 2 college-aged children and 2 aging rescue dogs. I’m on the verge of an empty nest, but I’m not dreading it as society seems to think we mothers should. Perhaps that’s because I’m a bit of a loner, at least, I spend a lot of time on my own and I’m fine with that. I was looking forward to beginning a new phase in my life by selling my large suburban house and finding a smaller one closer in to the city. I’m still looking forward to that, but a fire at my house has postponed those plans for awhile.
This blog is a journal about a challenging time in my life due to a house fire, my son’s depression, and beginning my empty nest stage of life. The fire at my house occured in mid-May 2011 exactly 6 weeks before my first entry (https://shoshwrites.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/ready-set-fire/), and reliving it through writing has been both difficult and helpful. The journal has caught up to real time now, but I do look back now and then to reflect and add perspective.