Turning the page on 17 years of marriage felt like more than just beginning a new chapter, so I said it was the end of Book One:
— Avdi Grimm (@avdi) January 22, 2018
But then I got to thinking: if my life really were divided into “books”, which would this be? When I look back at the different “epochs” in my personal history, I think this might actually be closer to Book Five.
Book One: Little House in the Big Woods (1980-1992)
In which our hero enjoys a rustic, secluded, loving but somewhat lonely upbringing as a homeschooled only-child in the woods.
Book Two: Divine Discontent (1993-2000)
In which a parental divorce brings an abrupt end idylls of childhood; our hero discovers girls, tragedy, and gloomy music; he finds an identity in faith; and spends a great deal of time waiting around for his life to begin.
Book Three: Instant Family; or, Seven Lean Years (2000-2007)
In which our hero becomes a husband and stepfather overnight. It goes about as well you’d expect.
Book Four: Growing Up and Growing Down (2008-2017)
In which our protagonist and partner (seemingly) reconcile. He transforms his career, they have lots of kids, and he accomplishes all of his goals.
Book Five: Still Untitled (2018-???)
In which things take an unexpected turn…