First Chapter First Paragraph - Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim
Title: Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim Author: Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella Publisher: St. Martin's Press (November 13, 2012) Format: Hardcover; Pgs 272 Genre: Collection of the Authors’ ‘Chick Wit’ columns Source: Library
I was just talking with a friend of mine, who says she has to nag her kids every time they leave for a trip. She nags them to pack their bags, to get ready on time, and to not forget their sneakers. She feels bad for nagging them, and all of it takes me back to when Daughter Francesca was ten years old and we had one of the best fights of our life.
And yes, you can have a good fight with your daughter.
If you’ve read me before, you know that I think fighting is healthy and normal, and a good fight is when you learn something from your kid. Not when you win.
If you win, ten years later, your daughter will turn up pregnant.
Don’t try to win. Try to learn.
Love and guilt are thick in the Scottoline/Serritella household, and Lisa and Francesca’s mother-daughter-turned-best-friends bond will strike a familiar note to many. But now that Lisa is a suburban empty nester and Francesca is an independent twenty- something in the big city, they have to learn how to stay close while living apart. How does a mother’s love translate across state lines and over any semblance of personal boundaries? You’ll laugh out loud as they face off over the proper technique for packing dishes, the importance of bringing a coat in the summertime, and the dos and don’ts of dating at any age. Add feisty octogenarian Mother Mary to the mix, and you have a Molotov cocktail of estrogen, opinions, and fun.