This has been a long start of the new year – 2017.
Our family has been working through Alzheimer’s issues with an aging parent.
It is already difficult to watch a parent age without this frightening condition. Add the unpredictability of everything that was once predictable and you have one of life’s oldest jokes. Work hard to learn and understand as much of life as you can, then watch it slip away. You have to savor those moments when we get a glimpse into the mind of the former life. Talk with, smile with, be with that person whatever that looks like – now.
I never set out to write a book about Alzheimer’s but in hind sight I guess that was in the back of my mind. Children can be confused and frightened about the changes in a loved one. I watched my son manage his relationship with my mother when he was five years old. That was twenty years ago and his “matter of fact” attitude was an excellent natural gift for him and me. I tried to address that in my manuscript.
In a few months my picture book is scheduled to be released, but an illustrator has not yet been paired with my manuscript. As a picture book author it is difficult to send off my words, but I think it is harder for me to wait to see how those words are translated back through an illustrator.
I am faithful that the star that guided me to Clear Fork Publishing for my debut picture book will guide my future illustrator as well.