Down-to-earth columnist, Lisa Kogan, from “O” magazine, takes us on a delightfully funny romp through all those moments in real life—you know the ones: when we feel less-than or not-enough; when we feel judged or criticized; or when our lives seem simply more than we can take. As a parent of a six-year-old daughter who was born when she was in her forties, Lisa Kogan knows what it’s like to be a single parent. For even though she shares parenting with her partner, he spends more than half the year 8,000 miles away.
In sharing those moments, a writer like Kogan brings us to laughter and causes us to mark the page so we can share with others; she makes us nod to ourselves, acknowledging that we’ve been there and done that; and in the end, she simply inspires us to smile all the way through to the very end.
Here’s a sample of what I’m saying. This excerpt is from a chapter about bad haircuts, which, in the overall scheme of things, don’t seem all that earth-shattering, but when it’s happened to you, you want to read about how someone else’s perspective can…well, put things in perspective:
“Three days after the fatal haircut, on the way to a much-needed eyebrow and upper-lip waxing, I ran into an ex-boyfriend and his adorable young wife. Had I not been so flustered, I could have avoided the entire episode by insisting I was Gene Shalit. It was later brought to my attention that I also had a quarter-size patch of macaroni and cheese encrusted on my T-shirt….”
Someone Will Be with You Shortly: Notes from a Perfectly Imperfect Life is jam-packed with these kinds of incidents, including lists of things that you’ve experienced yourselves and wished you’d thought of telling.
It’s the kind of book that makes me recall all of my embarrassing and less-than-stellar moments in a kinder way.