Hi! I’m Julie Lavoie, Thierry’s mother in Thin Ice. I swear that child of mine will be the death of me one day.
Okay, tell us more. What do you see as the most challenging aspect of motherhood?
To let go and worry less about my son’s choices and whereabouts. I know I raised him well, so after eighteen years, you think I would have figured out how to turn off the “mother” switch. Well, I’m still trying to locate that switch…
I see. And what would you say is your proudest mom moment?
When Thierry was about ten-years-old, he stood up—alone—against an abusive coach and fought for justice. It defined the amazing young man he became, and though it came at a cost, I couldn’t have been prouder.
What is the most valuable thing your mother taught you?
My mother taught me to be independent, to pursue an education and not to rely on anyone. So, what did I do? I eloped at eighteen to follow my heart and pursue my dreams. As a mother, I taught my son the value of integrity and hard work and encouraged him to listen to his heart and never give up his dreams.
Tell us about your kids. Do they take after you at all?
Though we would have loved more children, my late husband Matthieu and I were only blessed with one child. Thierry. Between you and me, I haven’t lost faith yet I might be given another chance at motherhood, but my internal clock is sure ticking like a bomb.
My son Thierry is an eighteen-years-old goaltender who plays junior hockey for a Canadian team. He doesn’t look for trouble, but trouble seems to chase after him. He’s on his way to attend an outdoor tournament in Spokane right now and I’m trying to rein in the bad feelings gnawing my insides.
Thierry takes after his dad. Same sense of duty, same work ethics, same sense of adventure, and same physique. Thankfully Thierry isn’t as reckless as his dad, which isn’t much of a consolation considering Matthieu was a fighter pilot in the Canadian Air Force until his plane crashed.
Sometimes I wonder if Thierry inherited anything from me—except my eyes.
Now let's try some This or That? :
Bacon & eggs or cereal & milk?
Cereal & milk for breakfast on weekdays. Bacon & eggs for brunch on weekends.
Curlers to bed or lucky to remember a morning comb through?
Are you telling me I’m supposed to care about styling my hair? I wash it and I brush it, that’s it! The only day it looks amazing is when I come back from the hairdresser.
Minivan or Cooper mini?
Minivan, though I admit I like the rental SUV I’m currently driving while my beloved minivan is being repaired. Can you believe the tailgate of a pickup truck sliced through the passenger doors of my minivan while spinning in the icy parking lot of my office?
Home cooked or take out?
It depends on the day, how tired I am, and if I’m eating alone. Take out is more convenient, but it rarely tastes as good as home cooked meals.
Paper plates or Fine China?
Well, I don’t like cutting anything in paper plates. It tends to cut through and make a mess on the table. On the other hand, I’m clumsy, so I’m afraid to use Fine China and chip or break a piece. So, I use cheap “everyday” dishes -- and still feel bad when I drop, bang, or break something.
Wash your mouth out with soap or pay the swear jar?
Though I have an extensive knowledge of “colorful” words, both in French and in English, I never utter them out loud. I “swear” my son didn’t learn any of them from me.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Julie! Here's more about Thin Ice:
Can the truth unleash the past and set their hearts and minds free?
Thierry Leboeuf, an eighteen-year-old goaltender, witnesses the drug problems plaguing his teammates. On the verge of exposing the traffickers, he vanishes on his way to a hockey tournament.
Julie Lavoie is no stranger to personal tragedy, but as she contemplates giving love a second chance, she must face her fears regarding the occupation of Rubens “Luke” Lucas, a federal agent embroiled in an explosive investigation.
The sudden disappearance of her only son tests Julie’s courage and determination. She welcomes Luke’s help to search for Thierry, but their two investigations intertwine, jeopardizing her chances of ever seeing her son again.
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