Addie is a cursing old broad with a heart of gold, a full pack of Parliament’s, a statue tipping cat and a Buick that seems to find every fire hydrant in her small town. Aided and abetted by her thirty something year old neighbor, Addie snarks her way through her days – finding adventures, both asked for and stumbled upon, along the way. Some of those adventures are more obvious; a ski trip, a spa day, while others are more accidental; like discovering that some Doctors have a sense of humor and some neighbors just don’t give a crap about crapping… or crabbing.
Reading an “Uncommon Bond” made me smile, laugh and shake my head. I have known those like Addie – and yet no one I have ever known has been just like her. Some people in my past have been ostentatious, loud, blatant and rude – but I am not sure if any soul I can name has ever really lived in the way Addie did - Because Addie lived. She lived very well, she lived every day and she somehow brought to life those around her, like her young neighbor. When the final page comes to a close, when Addie’s story has been told and the final cigarette snuffed out, I realized that, like that neighbor, Addie had touched my heart and taught me a very valuable lesson. Live. How simple is that? How complex? I suppose it is something all of us struggle with every day, we want to stand out yet most of us also just want to fit in. What if we didn’t care? What if we just took life by the horns and told the rest of the world to just ‘Piss up a rope’ if they didn’t like it?
Incredibly well written and entertaining, Penny Jorgensen shares the tale of this amazing woman with verve and passion, a sure fire read that will leave you inspired and amused. Some people have lived by the modo, ‘I want to be like Mike.’ Well… my new modo is ‘I want to be like Addie.’