I finished the book, Left Neglected by Lisa Genova tonight. I am not a voracious reader of books, and if I do like them, they are usually biographies or non-fiction (I stick with New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly magazine articles). But this book hit home for me. Hmmm, I don’t know why? It couldn’t be because the main character reminds me so much of me? Sarah Nickerson is a working mom with three kids trying to juggle an 80 hour workweek with kids’ activities and a hubby all while keeping joy and spontaneity in her life. When that life crashes at her knees and she cannot continue to go ten miles a minute, she is forced to face her relationship with her mom, her addiction to her blackberry and email, and her manic, crazed life.
The book made me again address what matters most to me. I need these reminders interspersed throughout my crazed day, week, and month in order to keep me focused on the people and parts of my life that I most enjoy and cherish. My life is not as crazed as Sarah’s – I have found a job that brings me much flexibility and also stretches my mind to new limits. But I do have those days when I still think “what am I doing?! Shouldn’t I be working somewhere I could make a real difference?! ” I will continue to struggle with that question but in the meantime, the bottom line for me is that I am genuinely happy. I love Maria and Mario to absolute pieces, and cannot imagine a world without their sweet, cherub faces. I love my husband for being my champion in all that I do, and I love my family and friends for the support and laughs and joy they bring me. I have it good, and books like Genova make me recognize that over and over again.