Changes by Darlene Franklin
The more things change, the more they stay the same.—Alphonse Karr
Clarinda Tuttle Finch probably could repeat the quote in the original French without looking it up, as I had to. But she didn’t find change any easier to deal with than I do today.
I grew up in the Fifties and Sixties. Back then, June Cleaver represented the ideal mother, not Ann Romano. No other single-parent families attended our church. Even all my cousins had two-parent families, although several of them lived in blended families.
Nothing about my life felt normal.
My “abnormal” version of American life ended the semester I left for college. Separated by four hundred miles, I hadn’t observed the changes in my mother firsthand. When my mother moved to a new city, she sold my piano. My piano. I was a piano major in college. She had thrown me out along with my instrument.
More than that, she had fallen in love. They married the following May. I lived with them for the summer—and never went back for longer than a holiday break ever again.
That summer counts as the first twist of “normal” in my life. Changes rolled on and on. Most recently I moved a lifetime of living into a shared room in a nursing home.
The changes in Clarinda’s life didn’t resemble mine, but they turned into a rockslide by the time of the War. As the oldest child, a young adult when her parents died, Clarinda took over as the head of the family. With her husband, they struggled to keep the family farm going during the Depression. Her husband died in the early days of the war. Both their sons enlisted, and the changes kept coming.
Changes chip away at our core values, until nothing but solid rock remains. Ultimately, God is the Rock which will never erode. Storms will strike. We may lose half a heart to grief. We may crumble due to illness. We will learn we are not perfect. We will face changes that change how we’ve always seen ourselves. But as long as we stand on God, we will weather all those changes—stronger for it.
God is always with me, and He is the same, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written twenty-seven books, been published in twenty more, and has written more than 200 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from TexasF to Vermont. You can find Darlene online elsewhere at http://darlenehfranklinwrites.blogspot.com/, http://mydailynibble.blogspot.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/darlene.franklin.
About Hometown Dreams:
Clarinda Finch hates change.
As the newly elected mayor of Maple Notch, the war widow must lead her town through the dark days of World War II. But where she finds comfort in tradition, the town council insists on trying new ways of handling the homefront challenges. Her most untraditional opponent? Councilman Ralph Quincy.
High school principal Ralph never expected to become a friend to Clarinda and her family. But as she spars with him over the war effort, the smart, spirited mayor is the most compelling woman he’s ever known. Can they put aside their differences and fight for both their town and a future together?
On Monday, Inner Source visited with Clarinda Tuttle Finch, the heroine of Hometown Dreams.
On Wednesday, Darlene Franklin was our special guest interviewee.