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The Moms of FULL SNOW MOON
Thank you for having me here as a guest post. As it is just before Mother’s Day, I thought I might talk be nice to talk about the mother’s of my YA Novel FULL SNOW MOON.
The three main characters of the story are young men in their late teens, so you might be surprised to hear that the moms in the story actually play influential roles and enjoy good relationships with their sons, for the most part.
There’s Alex, the self-absorbed turned enlightened surfer, the loyal, sensitive and creative Denis and Eli Hampton, the ghostly character of FULL SNOW MOON, whose mother has a very big part in how this story gets told through her diary written in the late 1800s.
At the beginning of the book, Alex, like many young adults his age, is restless, bored and uncertain about his future. He has everything he wants and enjoys a cushy lifestyle. Due to his immaturity, and careless actions, he loses his girlfriend, alienates his best friend and allies himself with a young man name Brandon, who is not the most likeable of characters.
But through it all, he knows he is a big disappointment to his parents. He spends most of the book trying to patch things up with his mother who is there for him no matter what happens. Throughout the story, they work together to forge a new understanding and Alex learn it is important to considerate of the feelings of others, no matter what their age or background.
Alex wanted to tell her all about his visit to the creek, but didn’t have the strength. His mother had loved their old house, and hadn’t wanted to move from it six years earlier. It had been Alex’s father who’d desired a larger more contemporary home. Alex’s news about the house’s destruction would sadden her, and she was already upset about the fate of a house she had never even lived in.
Denis has had a life, born to a French Canadian mother and Native American father who died while Denis was just a baby. He has been raised by a hard-working single mother who believes that her son’s life will be easier if Denis disregards his Native roots. Not surprisingly, Denis has grown-up lonely, wondering about the existence of other family members and ancestors. He comes to learn much about his past by the story’s end, and in doing so he gains perspective and maturity and comes to terms with his mother’s choices and even welcomes her into his “new life” filled with new possibilities.
A look of disapproval spread across Denis’s face. “Why didn’t she share all of this with me before?”
“Don’t be too hard on her,” Moe advised. “I think she had your best interest at heart. There was a time, way back even in my grandmother’s time, when we did not speak of our heritage. Many of our ancestors were forced to assimilate or be wiped out.
Eli Hampton is the hardworking, dedicated good son, who becomes the man of the house after his father has passed. He sets aside his desires and ambitions to care for his family during hard times, accepting this as his fate. He finally gets that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pursue his dreams, but life deals him a cruel twist of fate. His poor mother is forced to sit and watch as Mother Nature has other plans for him. Mrs. Hampton waits and worries and writes in her journal as the Blizzard of 1888 turns her life upside down and claims her son. But death does not change Eli’s character and in his own way, he continues to set things right in the afterlife.
Eli had always seen to it that his responsibilities were fulfilled before surrendering his soul to his art. But with his father’s passing in the September of that year, there had been little time for painting, unless it was the house or a barn. The last six months of his life had been occupied with duties deferred to him, now the man of the house.
I think that one of the themes of this book that I’ve tried to capture is that times may change, but the bond between mother and son, or any offspring, remains the same throughout the ages. Hopefully, we can all learn and grow just like the characters of FULL SNOW MOON do by story’s end.
Under the influences of the Full Flower Moon of May, I wish my own mother, and all the “mothering” influences that inspire and shape us, a very Happy Mother’s Day!