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From my Email Bag:
(In response to Wednesday's worrying about kids column. If you missed the column, go to: http://tinyurl.com/062712 )
"Your column today brought to mind a phenomenon I experienced when my oldest daughter went to college. She would call late at night (often after I had gone to sleep) and I would drowsily answer the phone. She poured out all her anxiety about a paper she had to write, a test she had to study for, or project due the next day or two. I would talk her through the steps of planning and execution over the phone. After hanging up, I would be unable to sleep again and worry about it for several days. When we reconnected, I would ask how she was doing and how everything went. She would say, 'After we talked about it I was fine.' Mom, on the other hand, had worried for days. The anxiety seemed to transfer over the phone line and she was able to move forward and, eventually, get her PhD. I'm very proud of her and my two other daughters--the women they are and their accomplishments."--Kristin Ems
"Dear Suzanne, although I tell my kids that worry is a waste of precious time, because it doesn't help anything and it keeps you from thinking about other things more important, in that same breath I tell them I'm worried in my 'be careful,' 'got everything you need?' 'Call me when you get there,' and the ever-famous 'Are you sure?' comments. They look at me with that Mommmmm...look, at which time I shrug and say 'It's in the contract.' You see I told them long ago that when every parent takes their child out of the hospital and accepts responsibility, they 'sign a contract' saying they will love and cherish, and that they will WORRY. So, my kids smile at me, because inside they know (my worry) is just me saying, 'I love you with all my heart.' So don't be so hard on yourself (about worry) it's never for nothing. Have a wonderful day."--Sandi
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An anthology of short stories penned by some of our most popular romantic suspense authors, LOVE IS MURDER also features stories by writers better known for their thrillers, but who often incorporate into their books the relationship layering that is the trademark of traditional romantic suspense.
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