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Older Folks Need Coming-Of-Age Stories Too!

November 20, 2018


Here's the thing, I love cross stitch. I have for many years. There's is just something about the designs, the fiber colors, the fabrics, the work of the needle pulling thread. I love how a series of x's (mostly) can create a thing of beauty in just a few minutes. True some projects take forever, but that's because I procrastinate. Or, more recently my excuse is that my eyes just won't cooperate. Getting older is not for the faint of the heart. Oh there's good stuff about being over, let's just say, a certain age. But struggling with my eyes is not fun. Older people need to adjust and sometimes those adjustments can really cramp your style and change your life. This is why I believe older people need coming-of-age stories too. Maybe it's not exactly like being a teen or. preteen but older folks are often trying to redefine themselves, reboot something they left behind long ago, recalculate dreams. And it's nice to know there are others going through this Senior Citizen (almost) Coming-of-Age. That's why I'm writing a new series about a group of older women who refuse to lay down and die. They refuse to give in to the aches and pains and are learning to  accept the changes they are going through, accept the that there are some things they just can't do anymore. But, that doesn't mean my characters have lost all their marbles, or that they are not worthy of love and friendship and good times, especially Opal Fife--she owns a stitchery hope in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania. She has a group of friends and together they are attempting to solve a hundred year old mystery before they die. Oh and of course they re trying to figure out how to get the good-looking town plumber re-married after the loss of his young wife--I'm sure they'll manage. So they stick, drink coffee, look for clues, match-make and of course, they laugh a lot. Opal's eyesight might be going but her wits are still as sharp as needles--not tapestry needles, they're not so sharp. Still, you get it. She's not going gently into that dark night. She'll get a bigger light, or a better magnifier or choose 32 count linen over 36 but she's not ready to hang up her scissors. Getting older is not about giving up. It's about GETTING up and living life to the absolute fullest. That's what Opal's doing. 

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