Authors: Deborah Serra & Nancy Serra Greene
Published: November 6th, 2015
Publisher: Library Tales Publishing
When sisters, Deborah & Nancy, discovered that motherhood was a temp job they decided to run away from home. After packing up that last kid for college, and facing the sad stillness of their suddenly quiet homes, they decided to leave the country. 2 BROADS ABROAD: MOMS FLY THE COOP is a funny, irreverent, occasionally poignant travel tale of their impulsive road trip around Ireland.
In this witty warm-hearted adventure, they experienced some of Ireland’s quirkier history while sharing universally relatable stories of maniacal school coaches, neurotic neighbors, and tiger moms. Having kicked that empty nest into their rearview mirror, the sisters took off careening down the wrong side of the road, making questionable choices, getting trapped in a medieval tower, sneaking Chinese take-out into a famous cooking school, drinking way too much, and gaining a changed perspective on their lives ahead.
It was a little over a half an hour ride from the airport to the center of Dublin. There were no looming skyscrapers to overwhelm like in so many U.S. cities. The buildings were mostly three or four stories, and lively. Many were a rosy old brick, and others were painted yellow, or vivid green. We passed one building that was a neon turquoise color with peach trim, and a few with screaming red doors. At each of the major intersections, a cautionary canary yellow, large diamond-shaped patchwork laid out over the entire center of the crossing area. All this color was endearing and felt warmly welcoming to us. Some of the streetlights were very old, beautifully carved with swan-like necks, and others were contemporary and so that uninspired bland colorless metal. There were Dubliners going about their day, walking and riding bicycles, and yes, we gulped when the driver took a hard left turn and swung into what we would consider the oncoming lane of traffic. I looked over at Nancy and she had closed her eyes. (This should have been my first clue that Nancy was going to have a wee bit of an adjustment when I started driving.)
“Open your eyes, you’re missing Ireland.”
“This driving situation is challenging.”
“You just have to flip everything around in your brain and think backwards.”
“Thanks, Deborah, that really clears it up.”
The taxi driver spoke up, “Where you girls from?”
This was the first time I looked inside the cab and I noticed there were about eight No Smoking signs aimed at us: on the windows, on the back of the front seats, pasted just above and below both door handles, and hanging from the rear view mirror.
So I said, “Okay if I smoke?”
An incredulous pause.
Then, Nancy jumped in, “She’s kidding.”
“Oh,” he said. “Yeah, well you might think so, I’d say.”
“What?” I looked at Nancy, “What did he say?”
Nancy answered him, “We’re from California.” Nancy always engages with people, which is an extraordinary trait. I prefer to be left to my own thoughts and wish they’d stop talking to me.
“Ah, your first trip here, then?”
“Yes. Actually our grandmother’s family came from here.”
“Yup, everyone’s got a little Irish in them. It’s what happens when half the folk run away to keep from eating grass and starving to death.”
“Okay,” I said dryly, “Not here long enough for that much reality, still working off the faerie, castle, wee people, concept.”
About the Authors:
Deborah Serra has been a sought-after screenwriter for twenty-five years having written for NBC, CBS, Sony, Lifetime, Fox, and others. She was a recipient of the 2012 Hawthornden Literary Fellowship. Her first novel was a semi-finalist for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Award given by the Faulkner Society in New Orleans, LA.
Nancy is a graduate of San Diego State University. She worked in medical sales before stepping away to raise her two children, at which point she became: Team Mom, Snack Mom, PTA member, Assistance League Volunteer, and the list is never-ending. Nancy was the editor and publisher of the Buffalo Hills Echo newsletter with a circulation of 1400. She also designed and managed her community website.
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