Over the years Sue would touch base with Martha, running into each other downtown or at a high school reunion. Sue would report back to us on Martha’s life events; as we all do when we run into former classmates. I recall my sister telling us when Martha got married; a later-in-life bride they call it. Since I was unmarried at the time, with no prospects in sight, I was thrilled to hear of Martha’s joyful marriage. It gave me hope.
When I got married (at age 42), Steve and I moved to Warwick and found that Martha and her husband were our neighbors. The first time I chatted with her, Martha was walking her dog. We talked for a while in the middle of the street. I told her how I was happy she’d stayed in touch with my sister. I also went on to tell her how I admired her–that she was my role model for women who did career then marriage. We’ve each moved out of that neighborhood, so I don’t get to see Martha or Jim walking their lovely little dog; and don’t often have a chance to catch up.
This morning, my sister Sue called to ask if I wanted to go to Martha’s book signing at a local gift and chocolate shop (Sweet Twist) — a completely appropriate choice give the titles of Martha’s books. She self-published a sweet series (pun intended) of books, as well as one other novel. All wonderful stories, rich characters, and plain old good reading! I brought my four books with me to capture what I’m sure, some time very soon, will be a very valuable autograph.
Several years ago Martha “quit the rat race”, as the saying goes, to pursue her passion for writing. She’s experienced some terrific success in a short time. Today’s thanks goes out to Martha, she’s become one of my favorite authors, and continues to be one of the women I admire in this world.