I had the opportunity to read The Route by Gale Sears and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Since I'm only 45, and nowhere near retirement age (except according to my kids) I don't normally read books where the story is centered around the older generation, but I came away with a lot of lessons from this book, things I have always known but need to be reminded of every now and then. I also reminded myself that 45 is only five years away from 50!:-)
Zipping along life's highway . . .
Fifty makes you think. Thirty makes you morose, and forty makes you
panic, but fifty makes you think. Half a century, and what is my life?
Does it resemble anything I dreamed at sixteen, or expected at twenty,
or hoped at twenty-five? What am I doing here? . . . I thought of
climbing to the top of a high mountain in Tibet to consult a wise man,
but I like vacations where there is indoor plumbing and vegetation.
Since I already attended church, I thought perhaps I could pay closer
attention. Maybe I'd been missing a great fundamental truth. Well,
come to find out, I had been missing something. . . . (excerpt from The
Carol, a middle-aged wife and mother, is pondering the meaning
of life. On a trip to the grocery store to find some energizing dark
chocolate, she sees a sign asking for volunteers to deliver meals to
the elderly. When Carol decides to take a chance and help out, she's
in for a life-changing, and route-altering experience.
I loved all the characters in this story because they were all diverse and I know women that are exactly like each one. I've always been one to appreciate what the elderly give to the world and The Route just reiterated to me how special they are, whether they be sweet, cranky, or quirky:-)
To learn more about Gale and her books, visit her website at www. GaleSears.com