A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Middle Place

"Stuck in the middle with you"
-Stealers Wheel
I just finished reading a great memoir called "The Middle Place" by Kelly Corrigan. It was a great, sweet, powerful story of a woman's journey to becoming a "grown up". She gets cancer and wants to be a little girl, taken care of by her parents (mostly her daddy), but then her Dad is diagnosed as well and she has to be a bit of parent to them as well. So, she's stuck in the middle. Meanwhile, she has two little girls of her own; and a life plan that has been derailed by well, life. I can really relate to that part. But what made me love this book so much was that there are things in her life I am so jealous of.  As I was reading, it hit me like a ton of bricks: I wish I had some of that! Not the cancer, but some of the relationships. I don't know what it's like to be mid-30s and not yet feel grown up; I've been a grown up for 30 years already (I'll be 32 in 6 months). It's a great read and a great story. Plus, it kept me on the elliptical for an extra 7 minutes to finish it up this afternoon!

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