The Gift of an Ordinary Day A Mother’s Memoir – Hardcover


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“Watching my sons growing and changing so visibly, almost from one day to the next, I sensed something in me breaking loose and changing as well, something no less powerful for being invisible. It was almost as if, having strived for years for predictable comforts, urban conveniences, and security of our well-established routines, I was suddenly haunted by all the things I hadn’t done, the dreams that might never be realized, the sense that the tidy, civilized life we’d worked so hard to create didn’t quite fit the person I really was, or, rather, still thought I might be.”

Katrina Kenison illuminates many mothers’ most intimate fears and desires by so poignantly describing her own. Through the tumult of relocating from a Boston suburb to a small New England town, her sons’ adolescent years, the challenges of new schools, college admissions, and career changes, and creating a new home for her family, she finds that she treasures the ordinary, unremarkable moments of everyday life the most — the very moments she once hardly noticed at all. Her moving story will help every woman make peace with life’s inevitable changes.

Eloquent… a reminder that life’s seemingly mundane moments are often where we find beauty, grace, and transformation.” – Family Circle

Wise… a pleasure to read.” – Kirkus Reviews

Affecting… Kenison pursues with graceful serenity a time of enormous upheaval and transformation in her family’s life.” – Publishers Weekly

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