Saturday April 20 at 5PM Marie Bostwick presents Hope on the Inside, a story of second chances and playing the hand you are dealt.
Hope and Rick Carpenter were Portland born and bred. They made all the right moves, married, had a family, purchased a home they loved and planned to live out their days surrounded by family and friends. Rick was a successful engineer, looked up to as the kind of guy who could solve the tricky problems. Hope enjoyed being a wife and mother, their two oldest, twins Rory and Reed, were doing well, a doctor and a professor. Their daughter, McKenzie, had recently married and was succeeding in the technology field. Liam, the youngest, was in college at UCLA studying film. Hope had taken a job as a teacher to help with tuition and expenses, she liked the work, found it both stimulating and rewarding. Yes, this was a family that seemed to be set, people who worked hard and made the right choices.
Until it all went wrong. First Rick lost his job. He wasn’t worried; he had a great severance package and was well regarded in his field. But no one wanted to hire an unemployed engineer in his late 50’s. Then Hope lost her job due to school cutbacks. Making the mortgage payments on their home was tough, fast approaching impossible. Hope’s sister Hazel, a real estate agent, pointed out the facts. They couldn’t afford to maintain their Portland lifestyle, couldn’t afford their lovely home. They would have to sell and move somewhere less expensive, such as Olympia where daughter McKenzie lived.
Even with lower expenses they were still short of making ends meet. Rick has lost the confidence needed to even apply for work. Hope landed a job teaching crafts at the prison. It is quite an experience for the sheltered middle aged woman. The chaplain becomes a friend and confidant but the warden is not at all sure about either the crafts program or Hope as a teacher. Hope perseveres, finding common ground with the women prisoners through quilting. Although they come from different backgrounds, she finds they need second chances too.
There will be refreshments and drawings for prizes. Sign up to attend this free event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org calling 541-593-2525, or stopping by Sunriver Books & Music.