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, The Man from Burnt Island, and Postcards from the Future (as a contributing author.) She has several more works underway. She lives in Michigan with her beloved 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.
It's difficult to wrap your head around what causes a parent to engage in extreme acting out. A child never knows where they stand: life becomes a constant exercise in walking on eggshells. I'm totally convinced it's not a healthy environment.
Acts of love and care become a river, I think. They flow. When they flow from parent to child, the child's reservoir of loving capacity fills up, and they can turn around and spend that reservoir on their own children. It takes a special strength to spend love and care when the reservoir has not been filled. And that becomes the ultimate sacrifice: the parent that recognizes that, and gives anyway, suffers the personal loss coming and going.
Summon the Tiger
At the time of his death, my brother had been in the “disowned” penalty box… no matter. My mother had lost her one and only son. I remember thinking that she never showed any internal consistency: I had a copy of the hand-written latest-edition will in my office – when you love someone, you don’t go off disowning them on a whim. Not if you are a reasoned, mature adult. I had learned that he was disowned this time because my mother had visited him and had berated him mightily for the way he was living, saying she would scrub toilets before she lived like that. They got into a fight: she fell and broke her arm. She said he pushed her: he had said she fell. Either scenario was plausible.