“Julie, my valedictorian, is being recruited by the Gates Foundation.”
“Jonathan is off to China to set up wind generating stations in remote mountain regions.”
“Shelly is on the fast track to Wall Street.”
“Rebecca is interning for Chief-Justice Roberts before going onto Yale Law School for her masters.”
The Wednesday Empty Nesters “Koffee Klutch” is in full swing. Two tables are pulled together and for the twelve participants the stakes are high. Photo’s, articles and GPA’s are being traded and played.
Stevie’s ringtone pulses “You are the sunshine of my life,” and all eyes turn, as I reach for my Yves St Laurent pocketbook. I look at the caller ID and mouth, “It’s my son,” as I rise and move to within earshot of the table.
“Oh Sean. I was just telling the “Koffee Klutch” how you’re most likely taking the position with the Hubble telescope.”
Hook, line and sinker I reel the table into my conversation.
“Oh I do so love it when you call to chat. You want my advice. What! You don’t say. Oceanography! Where did this idea come from? Not from that crazy girlfriend I hope?
“Oh…, really……, no……, yes, that can’t be!
“You, young man, are studying Astronomy, Physics and Quality Science.”
I turn my back to the Table, this conversation is losing its luster. “Daddy and I didn’t work twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, drive you to Science fairs, Robotic competitions, and NASA launches to see you throw your life away studying polluted water. Who is going to look after us when we’re old? Let me sit,down Sean, I’m having a spell. Sean, Sean, you’re breaking up. Sean… Alistair…… Fredrick…. Simmons….., theThird! Oh he’ gone.”
I turn to the table, smile, put on my Koffee Klutch airs and graces and announce:
“ Coffee anyone, Sean’s been hired by the Cousteau Foundation.”
Thorn founded A Word with You Press in 2009, having Jack-Londoned his way across the globe sleeping with whatever country would have him, picking up stray stories along with way. A litter of dog-eared passports that have taken up residence in his sock drawer are a constant temptation, but, having at last discovered paradise, it’s not likely he will stray too far from his adopted city of Prague.
He has helped hundreds of writers reach their potential, including best-selling authors and award winners. He is the author of Fire in the Belly: How to write your novel with Purpose and Passion, Almost Avalon, The Boy with a Torn Hat and The Courtesans of God saga, and multiple anthologies.