2012 is a big year for me, not just because I'm turning 40 but because my youngest, Mr 5, begins school. So I will be overloaded with free time. Well actually no. I will be working two days a week, doing my crafting business and trying to keep my house tidy. But I will have more time. And I want to use that time wisely and well.
One thing I really want to do is to finish a book that Miss 10 and I started together about four years ago. It began as a story I told her and became longer and longer. But it only exists in my head. And I think I'd like to write it down so I can have some more room up there.
So here's the start:
"You may not know it but every family has a skeleton in the closet. Not an actual skeleton of dangly bones hanging up next to your school shirt – that would be revolting. But a nasty secret or something weird or embarrassing. Something you wish wasn’t so and perhaps you hope no one finds out about. It might be a strange uncle who lives in a cave or a great aunt who dribbles and has a house full of smelly cats. It could be a cousin who irons his underwear or a brother who refuses to wear any. Whatever it is, you’re not alone because in every family there is a peculiar person or a dark secret. Something creepy or even criminal that you would prefer no one ever found out about.
It was a matter of concern and consternation that Harriet and William Summer had not one, but two skeletons in their family closet."