I'm still feeling the energizing effects of the Storymakers' Conference and the Whitney Awards banquet. There are so many great ideas in my head--words I'm dying to get down on my new WIP, (work in progress), but let's take a moment to get this week's contest posted.
We're meeting Avery's adult children--the Thompson siblings--who are reeling following the death of their father. Not only are they struggling to make sense of their loss individually, they've begun to hover protectively over their mother, Avery, as if they are now HER parents.
All their relationships have been altered by grief and fear, and Avery is forced to admit that their personal trauma is taking a much greater toll than she wanted to believe.
Wes, her oldest son, is a returned missionary making no obvious effort to date or build a family of his own. Jaime, Avery's only daughter, is married, but her loss is manifesting itself in her inability or unwillingness to depend on anyone, including her husband. Luke, Avery's youngest, is nineteen and directionless. Anger and insecurity has replaced his once-playful personality.
Awakening to this new reality compels Avery to find a way to help her family heal, but how? She wants to hunker down at home in Logan, Utah and ride out the grief, but anger over their father's disregard of doctors' orders threatens their once-happy memories of home.
Avery is reluctant at first to accept Wes's invitation to return to Anna Maria Island, a favorite family vacation spot, to reclaim their peace, but her children's coddling and the unnerving shift in parent/child roles proves to be an unbearable alternative. Even though her own faith is running thin, Avery steps up, claims her post at the top of the family tree, and takes the gamble of her life to save her family.
One of the changes in behavior Avery notices in her children is the shift from "Mom" to "Mother," and the annoying way their voices rise at the end when they address her, as if they're speaking to a child. I write this because this is my pet peeve with my own kids. . . Ahem. . .
So here is this week's post topic:
What do your kids do or say that really gets your goat?
This week's prize is a box of "Wanderama" static electricity toys or an autographed copy of "AWAKENING AVERY." You must be a follower of this blog to enter, so newcomers are invited to sign up.
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Thanks for playing! I have absolutely loved all the previous weeks' submissions.