Let’s Talk with Maggie Toussaint

These boots were made for walking
By Maggie Toussaint

In any other year, June would be chock full of celebrations. Weddings, graduations, milestone anniversaries, retirements, and more would be toasted with family and friends. June 2020 has a much different look, especially for the “elderly.”

Everyone keeps talking about the New Normal and like the dinosaur that I am, I want the Old Normal. That’s what dinosaurs do, they cling to what’s familiar.

Similarly, prior to the opening of SEAS THE DAY. my catering sleuth, River Holloway, experienced a cataclysm of events that skewed her version of “normal.” Her ex-boyfriend is her boyfriend again, though he lives across the country. Her mother died, and her brother got arrested for doing something stupid. Now her childhood friend’s gone missing.

Worse, she has all the time in the world for her business, but she still can’t make ends meet. So much for dreams and happy endings…

No two ways about it. This wasn’t the life she’d envisioned, but it was the hand she’d been dealt. She kept going by putting one foot in front of the other until her new life started to fit better.

Seems to me her way of dealing with those uncomfortable changes is one many of us can adopt: keep putting one foot in front of the other and eventually it will feel less scary.

For a chance to win SEAS THE DAY in ebook or print, leave a comment about your favorite shoes, and keep on keeping on. (Print book is available to a winner with a US mailing address.) Entries for the contest closed on July 4, but we always welcome comments!