Today’s guest post is by Jacque.
Since 2008, the year my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and gave up housekeeping, I have edited and illustrated a story book for my mother as a Christmas gift from me each Holiday Season. (Some of you in BBC have seen these).
The stories that comprise each book are memoirs that she wrote in 1984 as part of an Iowa Writer’s Workshop Project that travelled through out Iowa. The purpose of the project was to have citizens of Iowa write about their own stories. The second purpose was to give teachers CEU credits.
My sister, brother, and I knew about these stories because Mom told us about attending the class. When we were children, she told us these stories.
As we transitioned Mom out of her house, the task of cleaning out her house and disposing of many family antiques fell to me. The stories, antiques of a different type, were tucked away in an old file. I confiscated them and began storybook project. There are now six books and I have started on the one for this year: “Potty Talk.” It is about all the functions of a modern day bathroom and laundry, spread throughout the farmstead.
The year 2014 was one of big family events. Both Mom and Lou’s dad started to deteriorate in health. We experienced nine months of parents’ needing assistance, many trips back and forth to Iowa where they each lived, hosting mom here and the family drama that arrives with all that.
Lou’s dad died in October at age 94. Mom moved to a Memory Care facility in January 2015.
During all that the 2014 book barely got written and I never did post the link to this story on this. So I thought I would use this as a blog topic. The name of a the book was Tootie Goes to School regarding Mom’s first day of school, which was not much fun for her.
A website called www.Bookemon.com is where I publish and copyright each book so no one can take the stories from her. You can browse the site and find them there.
I also posted the link to one or two of these on the blog in the past.
Here is the link.
Do you remember your first day of school? Tell us more!