Perhaps it’s because I have lived in Bloomington, MN for so long, or maybe it’s because my kids are (or were) Jefferson Jaguars, or it could be simply that my husband has such great group of friends: but for whatever the reason I am a Bloomington Jefferson Jaguar.
A few weeks ago, my friend Stephanie told me about a Jefferson “classmate” who wrote a memoir. Steph has great taste in all things, including reading, so I took her advice and downloaded “The Golden Thread” by Kristiane Cates.
The brief summary on Amazon was very intriguing. An ordinary couple’s life tragically changed in 30 seconds by a car crash that killed their 8 year old son.
I started reading it at 10:30 on a Friday night. A little context for those of you who don’t know me well, that is VERY late for me especially on a Friday when I am completely wiped. Usually it’s my husband’s job to shepherd in the kids from their social activities. Let’s just say I turned the lights out that night and “tucked” them in. I simply could not put it down.
Midway through the book, Kristiane starts to tell about the difficult times she faced in her marriage following the death of her son. She tells this part of the story with honesty and candor that is unlike anything I have ever read. I couldn’t believe some of the details she shared. They were so personal and raw that I felt like she was one of my best friends and we were having coffee together.
I became so interested in Kristiane that I googled her, but couldn’t find out very much about her. So feeling like a high school gossip girl, I sheepishly texted Stephanie. “Who IS this girl?”. Sweet Stephanie told me that she was one of her friends and in the course of the exchange I found Kristiane on Facebook.
That next day I finished the book. I simply could not put it down. I became friends with this remarkable woman and we exchanged email.
The lesson for me is simple. We all have trials to overcome. It’s what we make of them that make life interesting and worth living.
Kristiane has agreed to come to one of my book clubs to share her story. I cannot wait to have REAL coffee with this remarkable woman and get to know her better. Well done Kristiane! Read the book and join me for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine in a few months.