Food, Football, and Friendship

Hey guys! Look at this month – a month of celebration-worthy days! To name just a few:

February 1 – National Freedom Day, Chinese New Year, Beginning of Black History Month, and Work Naked Day (Oops! – I missed that one!)
February 2 – Ground Hog Day
February 4 – National Wear Red Day – to support women’s heart health
February 13 – Super Bowl
February 14 – Valentine’s Day
February 21 – Presidents’ Day

Since my sweet husband, Mike, made Valentine’s Day reservations for us at a nice restaurant, I’ll definitely pick that day as a favorite to celebrate. Another significant day this month in the most “superficial” sense is the Super Bowl. I confess I’m not a huge fan of professional sports. I always think that after all the pre-game publicity, the actual event never quite lives up to the hype.

Isn’t there an unwritten rule somewhere that says you must watch the big game with your loved one? So yes, I will watch the game and rate the new commercials. However, I’ll probably have my phone, laptop, or a good book close at hand the entire time.

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Enduring Friendships

Don’t know about you, but I still keep in touch with friends from childhood and definitely from my teen years. A few have been around during both the good and bad times of our lives. I give Facebook the credit for reuniting others. I’m lucky to have them all. Do you have any long-ago friends who have faded out of your life? I certainly do. Old friends I let slip away, didn’t keep up with their lives, maybe friends whose lifestyles turned out very different from mine leaving us with nothing to discuss but the old days. Or maybe one of us moved so far away, that it wasn’t convenient enough to keep up with communication. I confess I did that. If I had it to do over, I think I’d try harder to stay in touch. Hindsight, right?

In my novel, RELATIVE CONSEQUENCES, Jessy Tate (a.k.a. Jessy Blanchard) and Rita Rhodes (a.k.a. Rita May McAfee) maintain a friendship through the years by way of correspondence. You meet both women in Part One of the book. You learn the nature of their unique friendship—how the women’s emotions and anxieties affect each other. Jessy is the needy friend, and at first glance, Rita seems to be the one who has it all together. You quickly find out how different their lives are. Jessy lives in Atlanta, and Rita in Alexandria, Virginia. Jessy is retired and Rita maintains two jobs. After all these years, the friends still communicate via letter writing, telephone, and email.

In Part Two, you find out how the women’s friendship began in 1955. Even in childhood, you can see whose personality takes on the dominant role. You also learn how one moment in time can leave a stain on childhood innocence. Like the snake-like tentacles of the banyan tree, evil had a way of twisting itself into their young lives.

In Part Three, after all these years, Jessy and Rita face the truth.

Don’t forget, you can pre-order RELATIVE CONSEQUENCES on Amazon – both Kindle eBooks and mass marketing paperback. Relative Consequences officially goes on sale on March 12, 2022.

Catch ya later,

Jody

Published by jodywritessouthern

Jody Herpin writes with a southern accent. Re-discovering her love of writing in the last ten years, she has completed her second novel, "Relative Consequences," and is currently researching her third. In 2015, Jody received First Place for Novel Submission at the Southeastern Writers Association Workshop for "Weather Permitting." In 2014, she received Third Place for the Microcosm Award at the Southeastern Writers Association Workshop for her piece, "View of a Lifetime." She's constantly reading, researching and soaking up knowledge about her craft. Born in Savannah, Georgia, she has lived most of her life in the South, attending Decatur High School in Decatur, Georgia and living in Alabama, Georgia and North and South Carolina, Florida and Virginia. If she's not writing, she is decorating her home, attempting to paint with watercolors, reading, rediscovering the guitar, walking her Mini-Australian Shepherd, Bella, or cheering for her beloved Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Jody married the love of her life in 2014, and she and her husband, Mike Boggioni, a professional musician, live north of Atlanta, Georgia. She has two grown children and six amazing grandchildren all of whom live close enough "to holler at."

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