Confessions of a Mediocre Widow

book_cover-200x300 I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to forgive Brad for suddenly leaving me with three children under the age of five, no job, and a mortgage on a house that we bought because he liked the location. Oh, I know it wasn’t his choice. It’s not like I sit around picturing him up on a cloud in a chaise lounge, fruity beverage in hand, waving down to me and saying, “Have fun down there!” But there have been moments of deep darkness—as I figured out the bills, health insurance, and child rearing alone—when I have wondered if he didn’t get the better part of this deal.

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    My inspiration for this book came from a question I still ask myself and one that many widows have asked me throughout the years:"I wonder what my husband would think about what I'm doing?'  Thanks to Henry, my unfortunate husband who passes away in this book, we find out exactly what a husband might be […]
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  • WANTED: Widow-Friendly Accountant April 8, 2016
    I wrote a blog a while ago about back-to-school and how most people don't understand how hard that time of year is for many widow(er)s.  It once again marks the passage of time, milestones with our kids that our spouses aren't here to see.Nine years into this and I'm getting a little more used to […]
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  • When a Kidney Calls December 22, 2015
    I got a call yesterday that I'd been waiting on for a long time.They just didn't say what I'd hoped.I was driving a car full of kids (and I do mean FULL) to the local indoor pool for a swim.  Since said kids were all spending the night at my house, I was doing what […]
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  • Losing It: A Widowed Mom's Thanksgiving Weekend November 30, 2015
    I lost it this weekend.Big time.You know the story:  Kid wants to go out for the night and needs a ride.  Mom says she's too tired because she's been running said kid all over the place the entire weekend.  Said kid starts to pout.  Mom starts crying and screaming, "I don't know if you realize […]
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  • Does This Make Sense to You? November 6, 2015
    If you're reading this blog, chances are you've been stuck with the task of going through a loved one's belongings after they've passed.  And if you're reading this blog, chances are you've shaken your head once or twice at the stuff they've left behind. I've written about my husband's pack-rat nature and I've probably been […]
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    There is an epidemic in this country that very few people talk about.  Actually, way too many people talk about it but not with the right perspective.The fight against obesity.Now, I'm all for educating others on the value of a healthy diet.  But what doesn't make sense is that it's always the skinny people who […]
  • The Top 10 Reasons Why We Need to Save the Extra Space After a Period August 22, 2014
    1.  Because anyone over the age of 35 will have to relearn how to type and we've got enough problems trying to figure out our heath insurance.2.  Because it changes the balance of power between the period and the comma, placing them at the same level (which makes the period bitter).3.  Because changing rules about […]
  • Dear Grocery Store Line Encroacher.... June 10, 2014
    Dear Grocery Store Line Encroacher, You don't know me, but I'm the woman whose ankle you bruised while you were trying to inch your way closer to the checker in the line at the grocery store.  I'm the one who had to squeeze in between the front of your cart and the handle of mine […]
  • SPRING BREAK (or why I need to start pre-drinking to prepare for summer vacation) March 27, 2014
    I'm in the thick of Spring Break.  And I'm going a little crazy.This year my house seems louder than usual.  I don't know if it's my kids' ages or what, but my house is in a constant state of noise.  And I won't lie to you.If my house is like this now, it has me […]
  • You Can Burn Down My House, But Don't Cut Me Off In Traffic (or why we hold grudges) March 19, 2014
    This week, the Today Show briefly mentioned a story that made the bitch in me sit up and listen.Why we hold grudges about little injuries but forgive big ones.  This really couldn't come at a better time for me, personally, because I've been trying to figure that out myself - why I have forgiven some pretty […]

Catherine Tidd

Writer. Mother. Widow.


Amateur wine-taster in the $10 or less category. Founder of and perpetual humor seeker. Louisiana native, but Colorado resident. Social media addict and law-bender. (Not really. I just wanted to see if my parents were paying attention.) Slaughterer of song lyrics. Searching for truth, justice, and the perfect shrimp po’ boy.

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