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.
The first book I remember reading was a picture book about a little girl in leg braces that wanted to be a ballerina. Somebody got me that book, with, I'm sure, the intention of making me feel that I am not alone, and that practice makes anything possible.
That book was both inspiring and disappointing. You see, as much as I practiced, i would never be a ballerina. I have an artificial leg. So even though I practiced and practiced, it was never to be.
At the tender age of four, I learned that despite strong will and determination, some things can never be.
Summon the Tiger
Even though I was not yet five, my brother had been telling me what he had been learning in school. I started kindergarten, only four, already reading. One of the first books I received was about a little disabled girl who needed leg braces. She wanted to be a ballerina so very desperately. She would practice and practice – first position, second position, third position, fourth position, plié… I wanted so much to be her. She got stronger and did end up being a ballerina. I memorized those positions and practiced them and practiced them…