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.
I was in elementary school during the Cold War - during the Cuban missile crisis. I was also the child of a remarkably pragmatic and war-weary father who, as they say, would always tell it like it is. He had been a physics major and had been stationed in Hiroshima after WWII, 53 days in the hottest spot. He knew of what he spoke when he said there was nowhere to hide if there was a nuclear bomb anywhere close. Everyone would go blind from the flash and then die of radiation poisoning. End of story.
Summon the Tiger
My dad was very popular with the neighbors because he had an important position with the City of Detroit. He had been appointed to sit on the commission that was charged with coming up with an evacuation plan in the event the city was bombed by Russia. This was during prime Cold War times. The telephone company ran a line to our house so the City could contact my dad if need be – thanks to that, the subdivision had telephones before anyone else around. Later, my father revealed that the commission had concluded that it would be impossible to evacuate everybody living south of Eight Mile Road… the plan was to barricade them in and let them die in place. My father told us that everyone would be blind from the nuclear blast, even with our eyes closed, and we would all die anyway. From that, I knew those drills where we would climb under our wooden school desks were meaningless.