I worked on my book for over ten years. And I just realized in that time my characters grew up. Carolyn's dad died during the Gulf War in 1991. The Cahill's left Bainbridge Island in 1998 -- the year I started writing.
April 9, 1944 is the date Martha and Charles Boss got married. They would have been married 65 years this week. Martha was born September 1, 1924. She was five months shy of her 20th birthday when they wed. She would have been 85 this coming Fall. Charles, though never mentioned, was 5 years older and would have been 90 if he hadn't been killed in World War II.
Sarah, Melody, Carolyn and Jeff were all in sixth grade in 1998. In 2009, they are eleven years older. They are all 24 years old.
Good God, where did the time go? I feel like somehow my brain has been sucked through a time warp.
SURPRISE ptcakes -- while you were sitting at that computer, life marched on!