My name is Maureen Jaret, and I am Keith “The Existential Baker’s” wife. With a heavy heart and in case you did not realize it, my beautiful husband, poet, chef, father, and grandfather passed away on February 8, 2018. Please see his last post of February 1, “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.”
I have been trying to decide what I would do with his blog, which he loved and nurtured for the last six years. I did not want his blog with all his amazing writings, to die with him. So, after much thought and reflection, I decided that I will continue what he started, discussing my life with him, my life without him, and everything that is in between.
I grew up in the dawning of Equal Rights for Women; however, I grew up in a very conservative household where being a feminist was vulgar. When I met Keith, he not only embraced the fact that I had strong opinions and sense of self, he encouraged it. We always had a funny thing between us, that I am not “The Wife,” I was not Mrs. Keith Jaret or even Mrs. Jaret, I am Maureen Jaret. It never meant that I was not proud to be Mrs. Jaret, but I was my own person, and he respected that.
So, in honor of him, and the fact that I am and always will be extremely PROUD to be his wife, I will be renaming his blog, “The Existentialist’s Wife”! I am not the writer he was, but I think this new journey, will be fascinating…to say the least! I do have a passion for Organ Donation, and I want to spread the word about how this has affected my life. Since we no longer have the New Jersey Stores, I am going to change all my social media to The Existentialist’s Wife. I spoke to my children about this, and they were happy that their father’s words will go on. I hope you will continue to follow me as I go on with the rest of my life, without the love of my life, trying to figure it all out! I know he gives me a peace sign over this.