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 urge you to capture the stories of your parents and grandparents, before it's too late. Everyone has quite a story to tell, and the bonding you will feel as you listen, and as you later remember, gives great solace and happiness.
Get those stories. You will be so glad you did.
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.