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First year back home

Fall 2009, just 4 months after relocating to the U.S. midnight paper route DSC05291A single stream of light blanketed the room and served as a reminder to quietly roll off the mattress that mom and dad had purchased from the thrift store and rise to prepare for the morning route. A faded diploma in Speech comm. and years of being a stay at home mom made options limited when searching for employment. The two youngest children suffered from extreme separation anxiety and even a simple trip to the restroom required promises to never leave and assurances that I would return within minutes. They accompanied me to my job as a cook for a girl’s co-op on campus and so the supplemental income of a paper route or perhaps two, seemed logical and almost easy. The older kids would be in the next room sleeping and I would slip in and out without notice. Each of my two older girls agreed to help take turns and so our little adventure began.

The stack grew wider and taller and was finally deposited on the back seat of the Suburban. Cuts on fingers from winding and wrapping rubber bands had now turned to  hard rough scars, resistant to further damage or pain. Small town lights flashed yellow and red, a signal only surpassed by the harvest moon that illuminated our usual routine through darkened country roads. At first it had been tough remembering the various homes that took one of three newspapers but soon it became automatic and something that would be recalled for years to come. It seemed like a good idea at the time, an easy way to help support my family and our new life back in the States. I would be home by 5 a.m. just in time to get breakfast on and wake the two boys who attended public school.  The youngest children would not be panicked by my absence and their siblings were there in case they woke.  But now it had become a burden, gas for mom and dad’s vehicle was not worth the money made delivering the morning news. Just one more week and it would be over and back to what had become our new normal.

My new career is that of being an author! I have been a cleaner, cook and newspaper lady in addition to my favorite career-MOM! I self published my first poetry book a week ago! Thanks for your support and love!

I will be giving away a book each week for a month starting next week. My e-book can also be purchased for a fairly low price on Amazon.

Click here to purchase

Epic love epiphany: My life in poetry by [Swisher, Lynn L]

 

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  1. You have had a most interesting life! Congratulations on the book!

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    October 26, 2018
  2. I’m pleased to know you are in a better place now. So many accomplishments since you left the middle east. I am not saying all was good but it made you the nice person you are today

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    October 26, 2018
    • Awwe Joseph you are so kind! I appreciate your wonderful friendship and all of your support! You are an amazing writer, friend and blogger! Thank you

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      October 26, 2018
  3. A writer I am so so, a friend definitely that I cherish and a blogger yes I am. Be well and stay smiling

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    October 26, 2018
  4. Congratulations on the book! It’s lovely.

    I’m so glad you’re in a better place today than 2009.

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    October 26, 2018
  5. awesome!!! congratulations on being published, that is amazing. what a journey. good luck for the future and I hold thumbs that your sales are good.

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    October 26, 2018
  6. A true survivor and a legend of our times. You speak so little but your words convey so much. I learn about not giving up- ever- from your journey. I am sure so many countless others are inspired by your journey to becoming “you” and not what someone else deems you to become.
    God bless !

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    October 26, 2018
  7. You’ve come such a long way Lynz. You’re simply amazing!!

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    October 26, 2018
  8. You have come so far Lynn, your family must be so proud of you.
    Leslie ❤

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    October 26, 2018
  9. I just don’t know how you managed on so little sleep!

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    October 26, 2018
  10. The new beginning was truly hard. But you knew what you were doing it for and have come a long way.
    I cannot wait until the book arrives. But it might still take some weeks. So excited!

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    October 26, 2018
  11. I delivered newspapers for six years. You did what was necessary for you and the kids.

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    October 26, 2018
    • Wow that is a long time! I had no idea what was involved but with a large vehicle it was hardly worth it so we only did it for a month or two and it was very interesting. Did you like it?

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      October 26, 2018
  12. I am humbled by your stories of a strong family nestling behind you: your mother, father and your children and then I look at the recent wedding pictures and I am happy for you. I wish you the best.

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    October 26, 2018
  13. Wow, Lynn, you did what was necessary and in time you and your family thrived. Perhaps the biggest take away from this season was that you took it a day at a time and did not give up. There was an inner strength that kept you going. Hugs and love!

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    October 26, 2018
  14. Your evolution is amazing, Lynn. What a blossoming of your talent. 🙂

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    October 26, 2018
  15. You and those children make an amazing team Lynn.

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    October 26, 2018
  16. Enjoying the book…your an amazing woman, and have raised an amazing family!!! Lots of hugs…kat

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    October 26, 2018
  17. Congratulations! Never give up!

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    October 26, 2018
  18. Fabulous accomplishment. Congratulations.

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    October 26, 2018
  19. I’m so sorry!! I missed your launch! Congratulations honey, I hope it was greatly therapeutic and well received x x x

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    October 26, 2018
  20. The love has carried you through!

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    October 27, 2018
  21. What a journey Lynn. Congratulations on becoming a published author. 🌼

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    October 27, 2018
  22. Amazing string of jobs you had to support yourself and your family. And the last is best of all – mom and author. Much love and congratulations, Lynn.

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    October 27, 2018
  23. It’s eye-opening to actually list all the jobs we’ve done in our lives…some profitable, some not. but they all add up to who we are. (K)

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    October 27, 2018
  24. I’m so happy for your life today dear sister and many congratulations with your new book 😀
    I’m looking forward to receive my copy, as I bought at Amazon. Much love ❤

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    October 29, 2018
  25. Dear Lynz. Thank you for sharing your stories at SeniorSalon. I am always glad to find your posts and read each one from top to bottom. HUGE congratulations on your book. Tweeted

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    October 30, 2018
  26. You overcame and you have something fine to show for. Lots of something fine, mainly your children.

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    October 30, 2018

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