We don't have a set date on this, but we wanted to get the word out. Soon, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas will be releasing the Airbending Media Production of "When You Come Home." This is a wonderful story for a multitude of reasons. It was written by Nancy Cavin Pitts and tells the story of her mother's, Daphne Kelly, first marriage to Raymond Kelly in the early 1940's. Like many stories from this era, their life together was turned upside down following America's entry into World War II. Four months after marrying, Raymond was drafted into the Army and a year later deployed to Europe. While there, he was killed in action. The story details their courtship, their marriage, their brief time together as man and wife, their struggle to be together in the year before he left, and ultimately Daphne's grief as she comes to terms with Raymond's death.
Not to get too personal, but working on this book was therapeutic in many ways. It was difficult as the bulk of the production took place after the passing of my first wife, Wendi, after her long battle with Huntington's Disease. She passed away on March 3rd, a day before our sons 9th birthday. While we had divorced in 2012 as a result of the Illness and the financial burden of medical care, she lived with us until she had to go into a nursing home. For her last year in the house, Tiffany and I did all we could to take care of her. While the circumstances were different, the pain of eventually losing Wendi and making sense of it still lingers, especially as we collected pictures of her and were reminded of the person she was prior to her illness.
I personally want to thank Nancy Cavin Pitts for writing this book and Eddie Jones from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas for allowing us to work on the audiobook. And to Tiffany, thank you for everything the past few years. While I may be biased, listening to your narration of Daphne and the other characters who lost loved ones during the war allowed me to connect with people from a time that doesn't seem that long ago really!
I encourage everyone to check this out when it gets released or read the print version until then.