Dreams of Flying is a special story of my heart, the coming-out of a newly retired librarian who finds love. Who says love only happens to the young? In this week’s snippet, Karla’s adult daughter helps celebrate her mother’s retirement.
Sweet, smart, and full of life, Anne-Marie kept her participation in the video secret. She didn’t hint when she called this morning before getting on the plane. My sly, amazing daughter surprises me yet again.
“I must be the only child introduced to the world as six-one-two-point-six,” she says, drawing laughter.
“612.6” represents the Dewey Decimal classification for pregnancy and childbirth, and the number for her birth announcements. How Ray and I joked about stamping the number across Anne-Marie’s tiny, wrinkled forehead! Thinking of Ray, I give a small sigh. Thirty years later, I still long for my gentle husband. He missed all of Anne-Marie’s firsts, right down to her first day of school, her first steps, and her first birthday.
Dreams of Flying blurb:
Retirement means saying good-bye to everything she knows…and hello to a whole new world.
When Karla Jamison marries her husband and gives birth to her daughter, she thinks she has followed society’s rules. But after Ray’s death six months later, she throws herself into librarianship and single motherhood. What would her daughter and community say if they knew Mrs. Raymond Jamison loved women?
She keeps her secret until retiring at age sixty-one, fulfilling a promise to Ray by relocating to a tiny, historic town in Florida. There she meets Annabelle Trelanka, who spends every possible second on the flying bridge of her cabin cruiser. After choosing to stay single rather than declare her sexuality, Annabelle loves the freedom she finds on water.
Where will Karla’s new freedom take her? Is she ready for the next big change in her life?
First Ladylove contains additional stories by Kate Richards, Jessica E. Subject, Cathy Pegau, KT Grant, Annie Anthony, and Leigh Ellwood.