For the last year and a half I’ve been writing a weekly column in the Penticton Herald called The Mother Load. It’s been a sort of outlet for my thoughts, feelings, and experiences as a mum of two young children and, for a while, it also appeared here, on The Pear Tree.
It’s been a way for me to keep my fingers in the writing pot after retiring from my career as a freelance journalist to become a full-time mum.
Well, this month (in the next week or two, in fact!) some of my favourite columns from that first year are being released as an ebook. Yep, my first book – Tales of The Mother Load.
From trying to keep snap-up pyjamas on a child who has just discovered how to unsnap things, to discovering beauty in a beat-up old tabletop, it’s a collection of some of my most cherished anecdotes and prized epiphanies as a mum.
Since becoming a mum, my eyes were re-opened to a lot of living that had been discarded on my journey through adulthood. Simple pleasures, such as puddle jumping or the wisdom of Winnie-the-Pooh. Looking at the world as my son and daughter must see it has brought back some of the excitement and adventure that I and – I would argue – the majority of adults have lost to the pressures of work, bills and expectations to “act your age.”
Oh, but I do go on! So before I re-write the book explaining it to you, why don’t I just invite you to the book launch, where you can hear me read selections from it and get a signed, hard-copy excerpt.
Ink into your agenda 7 p.m. Tuesday, 24 July at the downtown branch of the Okanagan Regional Library (1380 Ellis Street).
For those of you on Facebook, you can RSVP over here.
And whether or not you’re in the area, Tales of The Mother Load will SOON be downloadable for you e-reader via Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel eBook Store, eBooks Eros, Baker and Taylor, and Smashwords.
Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s live.
– Words by Lori-Anne Poirier
– Graphic by Kyle L. Poirier