One Year Later: How Quickly Time Passes

Tuesday, September 29, will be my mother’s 93rd birthday. She and my dad were married almost 70 years when he died on October 1, 2019. Losing the love of her life was devastating, and while she’s still with us, she’s not the same. She lives in a delusional world of her own making.

Within three months, the strong woman I’d known all my life was gone. She was unable to stay in the house and had to be placed in a long-term care facility. I visit her each week–standing at the front door, talking to her over my cellphone because of COVID 19, worrying every single day about a potential outbreak at the home.

We all handle grief in a different way. My mother can’t face hers, so she’s created this imaginary world where she’s a queen. She talks about her castles in Africa and France, about the honors she’s receiving, and about the gifts being sent to her. She talks to people every day on the imaginary phone line. In fact, she refused to talk to my sister on the real phone because she was talking to her on the line!

She still knows us, but we aren’t part of her new reality. So while I miss my dad, I’m mourning the loss of my mother, too.

In my novel, Hello Again, my heroine is also lost.

For Charley Winters love means loss and pain. She’s spent the last five years struggling with her grief. Existing, not living. Drawn to Saskatchewan, she travels west take the job she’s always wanted. But life gets complicated when she’s rescued from a vicious tornado by her dead husband’s double, a man who makes her feel things she hasn’t in years. Add to that a native myth, a shaman, a green-eyed wolf, and her husband’s ghost … Can she lift a millennia old curse and find joy and love again?

Hello Again is available for only 99cents USD from now until October 12, 2020. Join Charley as she learns to love again.

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Stay happy and stay safe, Susanne

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About Susanne Matthews

I'm a retired high school English teacher turned author. I'm Canadian. My husband and I have been married 48 years and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren, as well as 2 step-grandchildren.  I enjoy traveling, especially somewhere warm in winter.

2 Replies to “One Year Later: How Quickly Time Passes”

  1. Thanks for sharing this incredible story. I’m glad she made herself the queen! She’s still a strong woman. I’m glad you can still ‘see’ her, if only through glass and while in a world of her own creation. If only you could see what she sees. Peace to you, Susanne. It appears that your mother has created her own. Sorry for the loss of your father, too.

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