Are you a single woman? Do you have a kid? (If you answer no, you might know someone who is, so don't stop reading just yet!) Did that kid consume most of your waking hours the entire time he was alive and suddenly, as if by magic when you weren't quite expecting it, did he "up and leave you," asserting his sudden independence and adulthood? Leaving you with a big gaping shift in your life?
You're not alone! I have more than one friend who can answer "yes" to all of the questions above. And it was with that awareness that several months ago I signed on for my second website design collaboration with Karen Rutherford.
Those of you who have experienced the unique, super-specific array of emotions indicative of your particular club of women will be thrilled to know that there's now a website for you: psming.com.
Karen Rutherford, a professional writer who often has a really funny approach to things, has coined the term "PSMing" to represent where she discovered herself as her only child grew up and "out of the nest." PSM stands for Post Single Motherhood, and there are Seven Stages:
About this "condition," Rutherford writes in the intro to the PSMing Diary,
PSM is both pitifully sad and pure joy. It is unrelenting and unpredictable. It is discouraging and encouraging, discombobulating and enlightening. Sometimes, it's a super-sized combo of all of the above. And yet, it can be entertaining and downright comical. The idea is to capture all this here.
If this sounds like your kind of site, check it out! And if not, maybe you can pass it along! With fantastic illustrations by Greensboro artist Linda Santell, and doses and doses of raw human emotion intermingled with buckets of wit, Karen Rutherford will make you think she's writing about something that's been identified and "officially diagnosed" long before she put a name to this specific set of life experiences. What fun I've had being a part of the design and development of this nifty new site!
PS. A few days ago I wrote about receiving a surprise package in the mail with a bundle of journals as an extra thank you for my work on this project. Karen is the client/friend who sent these lovely books to me. I'd promised to follow up and tell you more about the project I was being thanked for. Here 'tis!