Susie is a full-time freelance writer/author. Her book, “The Veterinarian’s Wife, a Memoir” is on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com
She pens a weekly column with her own byline in her local newspaper, The Newnan-Times Herald, in a lovely southern town 45 minutes from Atlanta. She has also been published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Herstryblg.com. She is a member of The Author’s Guild, Atlanta Writing Club, 3-Hearts Writing Group, and “Carpe Diem!” a small but discerning book club.
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Susie and her husband, Rick, a veterinarian, have lived in Newnan since 1977, where they raised two boys and have 2 grandchildren. She has retired from a long career as a professional vocalist/performer, having sung for many years with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, touring Europe with the chorus. She has performed in many venues, including Atlanta's Fabulous Fox Theatre in "The Music Man," and the Rialto Theater where she wrote and starred in her one-woman show, "All Grown Up." As an empty nester she earned a BFA degree in Art.
She will never retire from writing.
The Veterinarian's Wife
Why was there a calf in our bathtub, and a pig in my car? Who was the leggy blonde we rescued from a pseudo psychiatrist who abused, then abandoned him after which he became the 4-legged love of my life? What happens when a wife and mother spins all the domestic plates: marriage, children, career, depression, therapy, a return to school late in life, aging, grandchildren, and retirement while her husband focuses on a career requiring life and death decisions every day?
As the wife of a veterinarian, I have so much to tell from my perspective. I’ve written a memoir full of personal essays, snapshots in time. My stories are an inside peek at the veterinarian’s world and that of his wife. And who doesn’t love stories with animals? Along with the animals are reflections of our personal lives. They engender laughter, tears, joy, despair, insight, anger, and wonderment. We have experienced fully human, impactful lives, full of triumphs and losses, professional and personal, his, mine, *and* ours.
How did we manage together? We couldn’t be more different: he is a rugged outdoorsman and workaholic; I am a city girl with refined tastes and a singing career. He cares nothing about clothes. I have a walk-in closet full. He is quiet. I performed for a living. I toured Europe with the Atlanta Symphony, while he took our boys mud-boggin’ at the county raceway. He has no sense of aesthetics. I have a degree in art. If it weren’t for me, he says, we’d be living in a block hut with dirt floors. I say over my dead body. How did we make it through fifty years together? How did we support each other? What happened when we lost our way for a while? How did we save our marriage? Why are we happy? What did each of us sacrifice and compromise in favor of our careers, marriage, and children?
And really, why *was* there a calf in our bathtub, and a pig in my car?
The Veterinarian’s Wife, a Memoir2022