This is a memoir-type book about how disheartening it is to watch a parent with Alzheimer’s grow more and more distanced from us. It can be so painful; yet, many graces and lessons can be learned, as Joan Grundy has argued in this book.
This book will make you laugh, cry, and wince. However, by the time you are at the last page, you too will have learned a few lessons about the heartbreak of life.
We all want to see our parents in a very strong light. After all, they were our authority figures. We copied their actions and tried to please them the best we can. But then one day we grew up and they grew weaker. That is the journey of life as we know it.
I believe that one of the best ways to work through your pains is to write about them. Through writing you can come to terms with what happened and you can assess where you go from this point. Writing is a powerful tool that way. But we have to be fearless and allow ourselves to go down deep into areas that we don’t want to admit are there.
As a writer myself working through some pretty thorny issues in my own life, I feel inspired that by the time I get to end of my journey of writing my book(s), I too will be able to come to terms with some of the worse pains that I had to endure in my life.
Thank you for showing me how grace is an implicit part of writing and opening up to the reader. It is an act like no other to bring us to another place, one that leaves the negative parts of the negative experience behind and shows the diamond that is left for us to cherish for the rest of our lives.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth