A toddler in an emotionally explosive and unstable family has her leg amputated. In spite of significant hurdles, she powers through to become a successful career woman and equally successful single parent.
Wendy Sura Thomson is a 5-star author of Summon the Tiger, The Third Order, and Postcards from the Future (as a contributing author.) She has several more works underway. She lives in Michigan with her two beloved Irish Setters and covets sipping coffee outdoors first thing in the morning, rain or shine., listening to the waterfall and the birds and watching [often with amusement] the pups explore.
These are trying times. We are headed into territories not seen since the 1930's. I have spent hundreds of hours listening to stories of the Great Depression, and reading more. What this tells me is we can do this.
Be the bobber. A bobber floats on water - floats in all sorts of heavy seas. Gets washed over and jostled mightily in storms, sometimes turned feet under the surface. But the bobber always manages to rise to the surface. It rises to the surface, that is, unless it cracks and lets in the weight of the water. Don't let the weight of the times infiltrate into your psyche. Be the bobber. Rise to the surface. Always.
Summon the Tiger
My dad told of taking the ferry across the Detroit River on Sundays to visit with my grandfather’s family, who had managed to settle near Clark Park before the immigration quota took effect. How his uncle Andrew, in his early twenties, had died in the parlor of their home in Windsor – 10 Francois Street. Andrew left behind a twenty-one-year-old, three-month pregnant widow. He told of shattering the dining room mirror with an errant BB from his BB gun. And how, as the Depression wore on, his heated bedroom was rented out, leaving him to sleep in the unheated attic. Then, how they rented that house out entirely, moving to an apartment over a bank in Dearborn which was part of the family’s compensation for running the local movie theater: my grandfather keeping the equipment running, my grandmother doing the cleaning, and my dad being the usher. Six days a week. How they raised George the mean goose until Thanksgiving, George becoming the Thanksgiving Day main course.