My Life #OpenBookBlogHop #Inspiration #WritingPrompts

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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “How did you picture your life as a kid versus how it turned out so far?”

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As a youngster, I wanted to be a lot of things when I grew up: a paramedic, a nurse, a flight attendant. When, as a teenager, I realized that nursing might not be a good career option for someone like me with a visual impairment, my mother suggested psychiatric nursing. I remember saying to her, in gest, “Psychiatric nursing? Are you crazy?” That was before I realized that mental illness isn’t funny.

By the time I graduated from high school, I was considering a possible career in music, inspired by the likes of Ronnie Millsap. So, for the first four and a half years of my college education, I majored in music performance. But I was told I needed a more realistic option in order to make a living. By the time I was ready to graduate from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, I’d taken an interest in all thing psychological, including mental illness. When a career counselor suggested music therapy, I liked the idea.

My mother and I went to the public library and found books on the subject, which she read to me. After hearing about one particular music therapist’s experiences, I decided this was something I wanted to do.

After two more years of classroom study and practicum at Montana State University and a six-month internship at a nursing home in Fargo, North Dakota, I returned to my home in Sheridan, Wyoming, where I’ve lived ever since. I worked for fifteen years as a registered music therapist with senior citizens in nursing homes and other facilities.

In 2005, when I married my late husband Bill, I quit my day job and started writing full-time. Now, with six books under my belt, I’m no Debbie Macomber. I never became the next Debbie Boon. But my life has been fulfilling and rewarding all the same.

Now, how about you? When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Did you accomplish that dream or do something different? You can leave your answers in the comment field or click here to participate in this week’s hop and read what other bloggers have to say.

New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

Front cover image contains: elderly woman in red sweater sitting next to a window.

Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at http://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com.

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