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The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother's Memoir

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

A Book That Touches the Heart And Allows You To See the Beautiful in the Ordinary

I don't remember the last time my heart was so touched by a book, if ever. Being a mother of boys really helped me identify with the author and her experiences. What a great reminder to slow down and appreciate the beauty in the simple days and remember that things will...
I don't remember the last time my heart was so touched by a book, if ever. Being a mother of boys really helped me identify with the author and her experiences. What a great reminder to slow down and appreciate the beauty in the simple days and remember that things will change eventually, so to live in the moment. The book also did a great job of helping us to see the beauty in our children and to not measure their successes based on what the world says they should be or do, but to love and appreciate them for who they are. I think this is such an important thing to remember to be able to support your children's unique gifts and talents. Just a great book that has certainly changed my view on life and makes me want to be a better mother to my boys in these precious fleeting years I have with them.

posted by Yellie12 on November 18, 2009

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4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Good Intention~Bad Delivery

This is a memoir from a mother who is getting close to having an empty nest. Her son Henry is 17 and thinking about colleges. Jack is going into high school. To top off those already stressful situations, they are moving to a new town and building a new house. Together ...
This is a memoir from a mother who is getting close to having an empty nest. Her son Henry is 17 and thinking about colleges. Jack is going into high school. To top off those already stressful situations, they are moving to a new town and building a new house. Together they go through many emotional ups and downs. But you know that through it all, love is very much present. There is some very good advice in this book, mainly that you should cherish every day. I felt that this book had a poor poor pitiful me aspect to it. When her son gets a low score on his SSAT, she is upset almost to the point of devastation. I have a daughter who has made honor roll all the way through school who is now in college, just a few months from getting her degree. She has made the deans list many times. If she were to get a low score, it would without a doubt be very upsetting to her and that would be what would bother me, not the score. Another thing that I didn't like was the wordage. The book would have affected me more if it was not so repetitive. And all the hoity toity-ness about did me in. I'm just a simple girl trying to read a book that is full of fancy talk and butterfly kisses. Don't get me wrong, I love books that are descriptive, but this was a little over the top for me. The one paragraph that almost made me cover my eyes and scream "no more" was:
I envisioned myself as a sort of house heroine, not a house wrecker. So coming to terms with the idea of knocking down the house had been hard enough. To me, it seemed almost akin to adopting a child, only to give up and send the child back-
(page 73, paragraph 2)
What????? How could anyone compare tearing down a house with the loss of a child? Under any circumstance?

I did finish this book, and I do agree that we need to recognize even the small stuff in our lives for the blessings they are, but the rest of it was not a good fit for my mind.

posted by VickiLN on October 27, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book.

    I have two teenage sons and our lives have recently changed dramatically so it was easy for me to relate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Love this book!!!!

    This book is so beautifully written. Katrina Kenison truly captures the joys and sorrows of motherhood. She inspires her readers to treasure the simple things in life, especially the time spent with our children. This book makes a great gift!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2011

    Good Resource for Mothers of Teens

    Enjoyed the book, but I think it would be a better resource for a middle-aged mother, than for a senior citizen like myself. Well written with a lot of `food for thought' for mothers of teenagers and children soon to go off to college.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This book put into print so many of my own thoughts and feelings about my two sons growing up and leaving. It is a book about letting go - theirs and mine. Every page contains a gem so that taking my time reading it allowed me to absorb the many eloquent messages that are embedded in each line of this well written memoir. Katrina Kenison helped me to understand the journey that my oldest son was embarking upon and the very different road that I was undertaking. She explained exactly what I struggled with - letting go of my idea of what success is and allowing my son to define his own. Finding this balance is truly an art that few can master, however, Kenison has helped me to comprehend my children's need to become independent and for me to "step aside, to let go, and then trust."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2011

    Ode to motherhood

    A sweet and beautifully written account of letting go and being there for your chiild's next step . A must read for any mother who wants to appreciate every moment as it al passes too quickly. I just dropped off my oldest at college so I know the bittersweet feelings bery well. This is a good book to read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2011

    Good book to cuddle up with

    Liked the story line, hit home since I have a teenager in the house.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Could not even finish it

    After reading the reviews and being a mom myself, i thought this was a shoe in for me. Wrong. Rarely do I leave a book unfinished but had no problem doing so with this one.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    wonderful memoir

    I loved reading this thoughtful memoir that is written to evoke long-forgotten memories and feelings that you go though as a mom. Warm and sensitive, Katrina gets to the heart of the important things in life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2011

    Very refreshing book to read!

    Every mother would enjoy this book... especially if entering upon an empty nest phase. Katrina writes with such wisdom and character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2011

    Fantastic Book! Loved every bit of it! Would even read it over again!

    This was a great book for any woman with children to read! It is a heads up to what is truly important when it comes to parenting our children but it especially hits home to those of us who are approaching the empty nest time of life. Change as scary as it sounds can be the most wonderful part of our lives leading us into things we never dreamed possible. Such a gentle and soothing book.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    amazing book!!

    this book really was wonderful and a fantastic way to put the busy life of bbeing a mom in perspective. great book! highly recommended for any mom!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    Boring

    Don't waste your time on this book. I got to page 25 and put it down. No story line. It goes no where. Just plain boring.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    I loved this book, felt like I could have written it as the mother of four sons

    shows that mothers emotions are universal! A must read for those of you who are facing the empty nest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2010

    Amazing!

    This book really hit home with me. It is definitely an all-time favorite and will be given as a gift for many years to come. Thank you Katrina Kenison.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2010

    Important book for mothers of teenagers!

    This book surprised me! Time and time again, the author used specific examples of life with teenagers that I could totally relate to. I found her writing style easy and readable....... makes the mothers of teenagers reprioritize and take a step back!

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

    Great Read and touching

    I too bought this book for the title. I couldn't put it down. It flowed easily and addressed the importance for all mothers of any aged children. Teens separating from you is grand. I want to buy a copy for all my friends. This book is really a about finding yourself. I was not disappointed in this book. I helped me grow through my teenager's years and release her from mother's bond.

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