“It” happens to the best of us! We are simply going along in life, trying to raise our kiddos to not beat the snot out of each other and out comes the question, “Mom, what does sex mean?” I was simply driving my 10 year-old girls home from school one glorious autumn day with the windows down when one of them brought up THE QUESTION. She also followed up that they were going to talk about it in health class at the end of the year. I paused to think about such a loaded question and finally responded with “Let me figure out the best way to talk about this subject and do some research and then we will talk.” Luckily my girls said sure and it bought me some time.
I have wanted to read more of Brene Brown’s books and this one landed in my lap when a therapist recommended I read it to help my daughter brave the wilderness of middle school. I’ve seen her speak at the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) and loved what she had to say about overcoming shame and stepping out on your own, so I was excited that I was able to pick this one up from the library.
I picked up this book, Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone, with slight trepidation. All of my bookclub friends said I have to read this one. Let me just say, I’m glad I succumbed to peer pressure. This sweeping novel about subsistence living in the Alaskan Wilderness sucked me in because I wanted to know what would become of the main character, Leni. Leni’s father, fresh from fighting the Vietnam war and suffering from PTSD, inherits land up near Homer, Alaska and decides to pack up the family and make a fresh start.