As I Sit Here Listening
Middle-age woman, who likes to entertain had recently lost her spouse and thought that her life was worthless and she was useless. She had been putting mementos and photos in a scrapbox and album and reminiscing, when she had the idea to throw a party asking each guest to bring something old and nostalgic—a hankie, piece of jewelry, small tool, souvenir, button, playbill, or other small item. The idea was that each guest would have to tell the story behind the item.
Little did woman know that some guests would have surprising secrets to which their memento was tied. A prior life, a lost child, an accident--many had sadness attached to their mementos, but kept them to tie them to reality.
After listening to all the sad stories, woman decides her life wasn’t so bad after all, and that she had a purpose--being a friend to these people.
About Valerie Hockert (Twin Cities, Minnesota Author)
Valerie Hockert grew up in the Midwest, where she has spent most of her life. She has a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies and a PhD in Literary Studies, and has put her degree(s) to good use through teaching at various college campuses, and online colleges. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, Valerie went into publishing, and was the publisher of several national publications.
Valerie also was in real estate, owned a tanning salon and boutique, is a certified personal trainer, as well as a professional writer for RTF Communication, has written 25 fiction novels (some under other pen names), 3 collections of short stories, 4 novellas, 9 books on teaching various subjects, and 16 other books. Valerie also likes to do various crafts, and is a great chef, having published some of her own cookbooks.