Seven Years Are Up

The dining room floor detached from the wall on Good Friday seven years ago.

I remember staring at the dark void, feeling as though I was smack dab in the middle of a horror movie. Personally, my life was a shambles, and I interpreted this occurrence as a true sign that things were less than balanced. At that instant, I knew the marriage was over — I burst into tears.

What ensued was a long, arduous seven-year journey. I won’t bore you with the details but suffice to say that about four or five of the top life-changing episodes that can push a person into a nervous breakdown came a-calling during that time; but love and work kept the gremlins from taking too high a toll. My children stood close by my side and my friends listened and listened and listened — God bless their souls.

Today is Good Friday. The sun is shining, the pastures are as green as Ireland, and a bluebird just flew into one of the houses on the fence line.

And last time I checked, the floors were all attached to the walls.

The seven years are up, and I’m rearranging the furniture in the dining room.

Happy Easter.


About Pam Avery Printed

I graduated from the University of Georgia in 1972 with a major in journalism (public relations) and a minor in business (marketing). My experience for the last 40 years includes working in the corporate world (banking), the newspaper industry (advertising design and sales), owning and selling a restaurant, restoring and utilizing several old buildings on the property, teaching private dance and drama lessons for 20 years, free-lance writing for a national textile firm, publishing two children’s books, and ghost writing a book. My last tour of duty before beginning the current chapter was working as a reporter, photographer, and columnist for five weekly community newspapers. And now I writing at Columbus State University in Columbus Ga. I consider myself very fortunate--I get to be around intelligent, energetic and enthusiastic young people. What a joy. I believe the written word is one of the most powerful tools known to humankind. And now we have the ability to reach millions with a simple click of the mouse. Wow.
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6 Responses to Seven Years Are Up

  1. Judy Jenks says:

    Truly a seven year journey worth traveling. Look where and who you are today. Thank you for generously sharing your writings. It enriches my life.

    Happy Easter, Pam.

  2. Judy…thanks for wanting to be a part of what i have to say — it is indeed an honor that you appreciate…let’s get together soon. I know we keep saying that but we’re going to make it happen after this semester…in May for sure.

  3. You are doing great Lady! When we are born, its into some loving arms! When we are dead its will be the same- only into the Loving arms of Jesus Christ

  4. Jan Pylant says:

    Didn’t know we met you soon after that! What a trooper you are!
    Sure do enjoy your postings. Happy Easter.

    • Thanks so much Jan — yep, it’s been a “long, strange trip” but one I needed and am proud to have walked…thanks for being good friends and an even bigger thanks for reading…pam.

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