The Goodbye Year: Surviving Your Child's Senior Year in High School (Paperback)
Every September, some mommy’s baby” starts her senior year of high school. For many women, a child’s senior year is the first serious look back on the past eighteen. Every event (from Halloween to Mother’s Day) will be The Last Time. Mixed in with all the melancholy is the ever-present and stress-filled now” of the senior yearcollege applications.
The Goodbye Year speaks to a mother’s realization that her child’s senior year of high school is the end of motherhood as she knows it, because Toni Piccinini knows exactly what that’s like. After her third child graduated, she was an expert at navigating the senior year experience, and she shares her acquired wisdom about letting go in a narrative that addresses what motherhoodand womanhoodis really all about.
From college applications to acceptances (and sometimes rejections), Piccinini takes the reader through senior year, one month at a time. With tips for staying sane and letting go, as well as calendars and other helpful tools, this book provides guidance for mothers struggling with their soon-to-be empty nest. Part self-help, part therapy, and completely honest, The Goodbye Year is the perfect book for moms getting ready to say goodbye to their children.
About the Author
Toni Piccinini was born in a tiny coal-mining town in western Pennsylvania on an unseasonably warm November evening. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in biology. At the University of California San Francisco, she researched the efficacies of antibiotics, which led to publications most notably in The Journal of Clinical Pathology and The Journal of Microbiology.
Toni opened a San Francisco Top 100” restaurant and has won several recipe contests, one of which awarded one hundred pounds of pasta to the San Francisco Food Bank in her name. She has written essays, cookbook reviews, and recipes for national and local media, including Roadwork, SheWrites, and The Marin Independent Journal. Her essay House Affair” was a Narrative Magazine Story of the Week.” She lives in Marin County, California.