Dancing in My Nightgown: The Rhythms of Widowhood

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 doMarried 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.
Dancing in My Nightgown The Rhythms of Widowhood Married when she was barely 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

  • Title: Dancing in My Nightgown: The Rhythms of Widowhood
  • Author: Betty Auchard
  • ISBN: 9781932173758
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Dancing in My Nightgown: The Rhythms of Widowhood”

    1. Betty was widowed at 68 after her husband of nearly 49 years passed away from cancer. This book is about how Betty learned to take care of herself after the bereavement. My favorite vignette was the one about the car registration sticker. Betty learned of it from her high school grandson and was cited for not having the sticker on her license plate four years later. That was hilarious! My second favorite vignette was about her late-husband Denny's backseat driving. She even noticed all the furti [...]

    2. "Dancing in my Nightgown" is a book that I have rated 2 stars ("It was OK"), written by an author, Betty Auchard, whose storytelling and writing style, I would rate between 3 stars ("I liked it") and 4 stars ("I really liked it".) I also find Betty's "metastory" of finding a new life and a writing career, following her experience of widowhood, to be inspiring and encouraging. I have just added Ms. Auchard's second book, "The Home for the Friendless" to my reading list; I am interested in reading [...]

    3. I think the topic - how do women (or men, for that matter) cope after the death of their spouse, how do they reshape their lives to be content in the years to come - is a worthwhile topic to explore. However, there were several things I did not particularly like about this book: It consists of a number of stories, but since they are not in chronological order it is hard to judge the stage of grief in each of them. Also, since the author is a generation older than me I could not quite relate to m [...]

    4. Heartening journey of a remarkable woman navigating loss and reinventing of her life. An inspiration to all who find themselves haveing to make the transition.

    5. The author writes of the craziness, and sadness, that beset her when her husband of 49 years died. Very inspirational.

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