Dancing in My Nightgown: The Rhythms of Widowhood

Dancing in My Nightgown: The Rhythms of Widowhood

by Betty Auchard


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Dancing in My Nightgown: The Rhythms of Widowhood by Betty Auchard

Married when she was barely 19, Betty Auchard went straight from her parents' home to her husband's bed. She raised four children, returned to college, taught art in the public school system, and became a grandmother, a published artist, a retiree, and then a widow. When she loses her husband of almost 49 years to cancer, widowhood forces Betty to find out what she can do on her own. She has a lot to learn, having never been single before. She was not freeway literate, nor had she ever used a computer. And she had never paid the bills by herself. Facing her new responsibilities, this septuagenarian makes all kinds of mistakes. These short, upbeat, inspiring stories tell us how this spunky woman got through widowhood-she decides to dance instead of sitting on the sidelines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932173758
Publisher: Stephens Press, LLC
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Betty Auchard was a retired art teacher when her husband, Denny, died. For her, writing became a way to heal, eventually taking on a life of its own. Her stories have been published in the "Chocolate for a Woman's Soul" series, the San Jose Mercury News and other periodicals.

Table of Contents

Part 1He's Gone
Blue Skies15
While He Was Dying16
Driving Denny16
Denny, Jim, and Me18
Apple Butter for Denny21
Putting My Grief on the Line22
Negotiations Have Ended23
The Mark on the Rug24
Never Stop Moving25
May Memories26
Tears Welling26
Hiding the Truth28
My Request29
Not 'til It's Finished29
Emotions: The First Year30
Dry Eyes31
Part 2Reflecting
Wilma Gets Married35
The Guy in the Middle36
Our "Courtship"40
Thanksgiving Wedding43
Denny's Special Powers47
Dirty Towel Tricks47
Printing Wild Grass49
First Love: A Conversation with My Dad50
Part 3Staying Afloat
Cookie Power59
Not Ready to Date60
The Special Gift62
Camping Alone63
Men in My House65
Plumber's Helper66
Birthday Bonus67
My Way69
Conversation with Dave70
Proof of Life after Death71
Bed Writing72
Moving Day72
Conversation with Myself73
Killing an Hour at the Carwash74
Christmas Joy76
January 19, 200078
Conversation with Jane79
Part 4Moving On
The Orchard83
Flower Garden Fiasco84
The Carpet Man86
Patchwork Dream87
The Night that Lizzie Got Baptized90
Confessions of an Addict91
The Conference93
Inheritance from Allie Belle95
The Love Goddess from Los Gatos98
Too Much to Do98
I'm New99
Part 5The New Me
Lookin' Good103
Betty Gets Pampered104
Pondering My Future106
The Big Dance107
The Day the Ants Died112
My Controversial Christmas Tree115
Boy George Took My Picture Today117
Part 6Ready For Romance
One Half of a Couple123
I Want to Live123
The Man at the Lion's Club124
My Friend Barry125
Boyfriend Report127
Dear Matchmaking Service129

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