Cutting ties

I’ve been thinking lately about relationships.

I’ve been married almost twenty-four years. My husband and I dated about a year and a half before we were married, so we’ve been together just over twenty-five years.

But my marriage is not my longest monogamous relationship. Not even close.

The same man has done my hair since I was sixteen. Sure, there were the college years. But, as soon as I moved back to Kansas City, I moved back to Dale’s chair.

Dale retired.
I knew his plans, but ostrich-like I pretended his move to Florida would never come.
Until the day actually came.
Today I have a first date with a new stylist.
It won’t be the same. 
And all this has me wondering, what would Ellison do? Could my favorite country club maven need a new stylist too?
I’ll be taking notes…

Julie Mulhern owes her blonde to a man who’s left her for warm winters and ocean breezes.

She is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean–and she’s got an active imagination. Truth is–she’s an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions.

She is the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Country Club Murders and the Poppy Fields Adventures.

Action, adventure, mystery, and humor are the things Julie loves when she’s reading. She loves them even more when she’s writing!
2 replies
  1. Felicia Fisher
    Felicia Fisher says:

    Ellison would, having grown tired of outside interference, find a hip new salon and experiment with diierent cuts and an unnaturally colored highlight now and then.

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