Gran's Apple Butter Blog

July 24, 2010

Welcome to Gran’s Front Porch

Filed under: Book Series,Circle of Life,Front Porch Rambles,Going Home,Grandma,Life Journeys,Loss,Love,Self Development — Mary Batson - FrontPorchRambles @ 6:06 pm

“Sooner or later, we all want to go home. At least that’s what my grandma says. At first I wasn’t quite sure what she meant by that. And just when I thought I had it all figured out, I found out she was talking about something totally different. But maybe’s she right. Maybe I’m remembering wrong. Maybe. Maybe not…”  (from Going Home, by Mary Batson)

We spend all our lives “going home” in one way or another – coming home inside ourselves, coming home from work or school, going home to visit family, or, in the end, our final Going Home. The stages of each of these goings home are the same – the preparation, the packing, the journey. In a way, each of these journeys is a reflection of each of the others, and our ideas about home are all the same, too, if we’ll only open our eyes wide enough to see.

Welcome to Gran’s front porch, where “she of the great white rocking chair and I of the little wooden steps” first began to write about all these journeys. Five-year-old Mikale Ann, nicknamed Mikey because she’s a tomboy, has a better memory than most children. And her grandma is smarter than most grown-ups. Going Home opens on those same steps as Mikey shares her story, then blossoms into something else entirely as a grown-up Mikale begins to remember Gran’s Guidelines for Going Home…


And so begins the story of Going Home, the first in the new book series “Front Porch Rambles.” Opening with the voice of Mikey at age 5, this story explores the various stages of “going home” through tales from both Gran and Mikey’s lives. Chapter 1 shares Mikey’s story, followed by Gran’s in Chapter 2. Chapter 3 introduces the big picture of what “going home” really means, while Chapters 4 to 8 take a cross view of each stage along the way, starting with home base (who, where, and what we start with in life), moving into planning, preparing and packing (what we decide to take with us), sharing the journey (who we choose to take with us), road rules for along the way (from picking a map to navigation), and finally, our arrival: You Have Reached Your Destination. Having come full circle on her own journey, Mikey closes the story with her Love Letter to Gran.

As I begin the more time-consuming details of publication, Mikey and Gran have asked me to begin sharing their story with you here on Gran’s Apple Butter Blog. Welcome to Gran’s front porch — we hope you enjoy your time here!

Mary, Mikey & Gran
© Mary Batson, Going Home, Front Porch Rambles, and Gran’s Apple Butter Blog, 2010. All rights reserved.
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1 Comment »

  1. What an awesome blog! What a talent you have for writing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this,
    I didn’t know that you have written a book.

    Comment by Edith Bailey — August 25, 2010 @ 10:02 am | Reply

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