8 responses

  1. Kathy Simone
    January 31, 2010

    Great writing, Susan! We’ve been to some of those family reunion events you’ve used as idea nuggets (with you!) and you nailed the setting, descriptions, and emotion! (but….where’s donkey?!)

    Congratulations! Looking forward to reading your next publications!


  2. “JG” Jan Godown Annino
    February 1, 2010

    Yay, Susan!
    Vivid details. I like the Osh Kosh button fastener help & the circling back inside that brings her to her final reunion conversation that’s such a key element of
    her growth. This is heart-felt & that shows through. Please be in touch some time when the kids give you a break!



  3. Mary Koester
    February 2, 2010

    Nice job!! Your writing puts me right there on the side of the mountain. The attitude is perfect for a teenage girl. I remember that “being stuck” feeling of attending family events when I was a teen, which was long ago. Universal theme!


  4. Sarah Young
    February 16, 2010

    nicely done, suze!!!! i totally remember the perfume and powder set you’re talking about, and even though i was just a silly kid i remember thinking the packaging was so fabulous!!! good thing i didn’t get into it and break it or something, you know how i was/am 🙂


  5. Lee Wind
    January 15, 2011

    I enjoyed this story! Thanks for sharing it, and congratulations to Susan!


  6. Delaney Kilgour
    June 5, 2011

    I enjoyed this story so much! I truly felt like I was in the story, because I too can connect to some of those awkward family get-togethers. The vivid detail and descriptions grab the reader’s attention even more than the dialogue. Thanks!


  7. Debby Griese
    August 5, 2012

    Great story….totally engrossing…I imagine someday I will buying her book and asking to have it signed!!


  8. Rebecca Shaw
    August 13, 2012

    Great story, Susan! Kathy, I think the donkey you’re referring to was at the West Va reunions, at Uncle Dave’s house, not at the NC reunions.


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