Please welcome back Marilyn Barr to Fearless Friday on Discover... I think we all have to be fearless in raising children, in guiding young people, and letting go. You'll enjoy Marilyn's post about that kind of fearlessness.
remember the first time you traveled without your guardians? For me, it was the
eighth-grade trip to Washington D.C. There were over 1800 eighth grade kids in
my school so we were divided into teams of one hundred with an army of
chaperones. Next, I traveled with the marching band to Disney World to march in
the parade for their new movie “The Lion King”. Both trips were a test of my
responsibility, organization, money management skills, and street smarts. This
was before the days of cell phones, so staying with the group and utilizing the
buddy system to go to the bathroom was a survival skill.
My son is a homeschooler, and unless another parent organizes such a trip, he will not get the experience of traveling without my husband and me. Since he was deemed “too sick for school” in 2013, the helicopter mom in me is relieved, but those trips serve a purpose in fostering independence. How can I expect him to move into a college dorm when he’s never been out of my sight? When mulling over parental decisions, I turn to my fictional town of Strawberry, KY. In the book series, my son is four years older but otherwise is true to real life. The character Henrik is homeschooled in a rural setting with another family with six boys, ranging in age from twenty to twelve.
“While exposing our secret to
the world would make us instant science projects, having an incestuous
community is, well, gross. Some generations back, we joined a league of
shifter packs for more social opportunities like summer internships for
shifters my age. Luckily for me, none of the other packs have the same DNA
first victim…I mean intern is Frank Paulino Junior. When the werewolf pack’s
father passed away, many of the responsibilities fell onto Frank’s shoulders.
All the boys help to run the family’s pizzeria which is the social hub for the
tiny town, but Frank took over the books. Throughout the Strawberry Shifters
series, we have seen Frank tackle the bookkeeping, be a role model for his
brothers, provide a shoulder for his mother to cry on, and kick Sluagh butt.
However, we have never seen him have fun. So where should I send him? I reveal
my plan in Strawberry Shifters Book 2: Round of Applause:
is what’s best for him and most importantly, it is what he wants. He’s only
nineteen but has held the responsibilities of a man twice his age. He has
earned a break, so I’m requesting he go to the Florida pack unless their leader
is a jerk. I would like to think of Frankie smiling down on his son while
Junior frolics on a beach.”
internship set at Bart’s Oyster Bar on the coast of Seagrass Island in Tampa
Bay, FL, I could let my imagination run wild. Like any mom, I would hope my son
found friends, fun, and new skills while away. I would want him to spend his
time learning to surf, swim in the ocean, and applying sunscreen. However, this
might have been too much to ask of Frank. He claps back my ideas in Smoother
“Every day someone tells me to lighten up, but I’m not
wired that way. I work. I take care of my brothers. It was a conspiracy between
my mother and pack leader to send me here to learn to play. They thought the
ocean would bring out a carefree side I don’t possess.”
absolutely beautiful,’ he says, grasping my chin between his thumb and index
finger. The adoration on his face warms me to my toes while his other hand
captures my jaw. He tilts his head and my world tilts on its axis. I close my
eyes when his eyelashes flutter down.”
With instant chemistry between the two workaholic curmudgeons, his internship isn’t all bad. A dolphin shifter can not only keep him afloat but also entertained with serious discussions on dairy price points in the restaurant industry. Travel with Frank and relive your first trip outside of your parent’s reach. Wearing water wings would make his mother happier, but they would impede Frank’s ability to be Smoother Than Spumoni, coming to The Wild Rose Press on 8/23/2021.
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