posted on February 3, 2014 by Theresa Jenner Garrido

Meet Tabitha M. Brown

Myriad_Stars2_200x300We recently interviewed Tabitha about her new home and the changes in her life. Her answers were heartfelt, honest and thought-provoking.

Q: We understand you were devastated when your fiancé was killed in an accident. How did you cope?

Tabitha: That’s just it. I didn’t cope. Oh, I continued to teach my ninth grade English class after I lost Sam, but I really wasn’t coping. It was like the light in my heart turned off. Like there was no power. I couldn’t feel anymore. I shut down. I made the motions but I wasn’t really alive. My friends tried to help me at first, but I closed them out.

Q: So what did you do?

T: Do? Nothing for four years. Then a miracle happened. My great-aunt died and left me an old house over-looking the Strait of Georgia in Western Washington State and enough money so that I could quit my job. So, I did. I gave notice, packed up and left Seattle for what I hoped was a new beginning.

Q: And was it a new beginning?

T: At first it was nothing but back-breaking, mind-boggling hard work. The old house was a disaster. A hundred years ago, it was a show place, but when I moved in it needed a lot of TLC. And that’s how I met Hampton.

Q: Hampton Stewart? Tell us about him.

T: At first Hampton scared me a little, but he was always intriguing. Rough around the edges, he was kind and generous and handsome and had the bluest eyes I’d ever seen. He helped me so much. Gave me so much.

Q: Sounds like a match made in heaven.

T: Yes. After a lot of drama that I won’t go into now, Hampton awakened my heart. He—well, he turned the light back on.

Q: Sounds delightful.

T: Oh, it was. But there was one giant obstacle. Something in the way.

Q: And that was?

T: Raymond.

Q: Another man vying for your attentions?

T: Not the way you’re implying. Raymond is a mentally handicapped man—well into his forties—that Hampton took under his wing. I am ashamed to admit, but it took a miracle to open my eyes to the real meaning of love. Hampton taught me how to live again, but it was Raymond who taught me how to love.

Q: Amazing. Thank you, Tabitha, for sharing that with us. We look forward to reading your story. A Myriad of Stars sounds like a heart-warming and delightful read.





Theresa Jenner Garrido

Born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, I spent the first nine years of my life on an island. With no neighborhood children nearby, I depended on imaginary people to keep me company until the much anticipated summer months when my best friend and cousin, Barbara, came to visit. Together, we created a world of exciting and ominous characters, often scaring ourselves silly in the process. I attended the University of Washington, received a B.A. in English, and spent the next twenty-plus years teaching middle school language arts and social studies before retiring "early". Now I'm happy to indulge my wild imagination and passionate love of history and share these foibles with others, including my husband, Jerry, my humongous family, and a rescue pup and black cat. I've made my home in Missouri, Georgia, and North Carolina but currently reside in South Carolina. When not at the computer or in the laundry room, I enjoy traveling and poking my nose into strange and mysterious places. I have discovered unspeakable wonders in forty-two of our awesome fifty states--from the coast of California, the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico, the tall prairie grasses of the Midwest, to the swamps of the deep South. I love every corner of these United States and plan to visit all fifty before I head to that big library in the sky. A quiet beach town, south of Charleston snagged my attention years ago and still beguiles this Pacific Northwest girl with its Spanish moss and Live oaks. But I must confess, my favorite place to dream is the Olympic Peninsula of my own Washington State, where ancient, massive trees, omnipresent drizzling rain, and the numerous scents and sounds of growing things stir my soul. I make a pilgrimage "home" as often as I can. PLEASE EMAIL ME! I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

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