I’d like to introduce you to a young writer named Natalie Munoz. She and her mom are dear friends of mine who I first met at a neighborhood event about six years ago after I had just moved to the area.
Natalie’s mom recently sent me a link to Natalie’s first essay My Two-House, Duffel-Bag Life which was published by the New York Times. I can’t even begin to tell you the pride I felt not only because she made the New York Times but in having an opportunity to read a young writer’s work, especially one I know and adore.
My Two-House, Duffel-Bag Life is beautifully authentic and inspirational. I invite you to read it by clicking this link Modern Love: My Parents’ Divorce and That Two-House, Duffel-Bag Life – The New York Times (nytimes.com) and share it with the children in your life who have also been involuntarily thrust into a different type of life.
I’ve been at their house during a custody exchange and imagined how hard it must have been for Natalie but noticed how well she was accepting the situation. To now read about that journey in her own words, has brought me a whole new level of understanding and admiration for this young lady.
I am so proud of Natalie’s courage to speak her truth. Her vulnerability and wisdom at such a young age will undoubtedly help kids all over the world navigate divorce. Bravo Natalie! Keep writing and encouraging others.
Remember that name—Natalie Munoz—because that girl’s goin’ places!
Denise Lee Branco
March 21, 2021