How many of us are lucky enough to have someone in our life worth writing about? Worth writing an entire book about? Who is important enough in your life to write about?
For me, that answer is very simple. My mother.
My mother wasn’t famous. She didn’t invent anything. She didn’t start her own business. She never published a book (although I found one she’d written and illustrated with pictures drawn by one of her kindergarten classes – somehow I’m going to get it published for her). She never even sang in her church choir. But I can guarantee you almost everyone who lived in her little town in Maryland for all the years she did, would know her by name. She taught many of them, or their children, and sometimes even their grandchildren. Or she taught one of their friends’ children. That’s one of the beauties of a small town. Everyone knows everyone else.
To me she was just simply my mother. She was someone who stood by me no matter what; who loved me more than anything in the world; someone who was both mother and father to me. She was strong in spirit, and independent at a time when it wasn’t fashionable. She taught me so much more than I can ever describe, even though she may not have realized it. And if she were still here, she would be completely embarrassed that I’d written a book about her. Because she never wanted any attention drawn to her; she was an extremely private person. It was all about other people.
Her life didn’t go the way she had planned. In a time when women did not normally work outside of the home, she was thrown into the world of a young widow, in which she had to make her own living, as well as raise her daughter on her own, without the love of her life by her side.
Mom, you did good. You taught me well. And because you did, you gave me the determination and courage to write your story. I hope you approve of it.
In my book, “Memories in a Daughter’s Heart”, you will not only get to know a bit about my mother, but you will also read about the all too tragic side of memory loss and dementia, and how it affects not only the person going through it, but the entire family. It is my hope that all who read this book will come away with a new hope and courage, realizing they can not only survive the journey they are traveling through, but bring back souvenirs of comfort and faith that can be shared with others embarking on the same journey.
If you are presently traveling this journey, what souvenirs do you think you will collect? What memories do you want to bring back?
And if you have already traveled this journey, what souvenirs did you bring back with you?
“Memories in a Daughter’s Heart” will be coming soon to Amazon. To be notified as to the exact publication date, please contact me through the form below.
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Deborah Newell’s book is definitely written from her heart. She writes with passion and with loving memories of her mother who exemplified true “Motherism”. This book is s must read for anyone who has lost their mother or will in the future.