I am in a discussion group for the book Recovering from Loss in Life, by H. Norman Wright. I believe we have much to benefit from reading and talking ala book club like. I even created an online book club on Goodreads.com, though it hasn’t yet come to fruition.
Have you experienced good results from book discussion groups? If so, to what do you attribute their success? I feel determined to pursue them out of an expectation that the effort will be well rewarded.
At this stage in my current group, I am applying one of the questions in Chapter 2 – healthy things I will do to respond to my next loss – by writing about my mother. Her late stage dementia is a loss I want to cope with. So, for my healing, and for her honor, I am remembering some good times that she created in my life. I’m quite sure some fond memories will be a safe destination.
Once upon a time…
My senior year in high school, we lived far enough away that walking from home would not work. I had a zero hour (7am) class because I played saxophone in the performance band. As a member of the cross country and track team for the school, my team workouts wound up anywhere from 5 to 5:30pm before heading home.
We could not afford for me to have car, and I did not have a job. What did mom do? I drove her to work by 6:30am for her job that started at 8. After dropping her off I would head to school in her car. After work, she would get rides home from co-workers.
This was our routine, done with no fanfare, with no big discussion about sacrifice nor any acknowledgment that anything was special or extraordinary. It just was.
This example reflects a myriad of the shared experiences which she contributed in our lives. The nature of how my mother treated life and family can be imagined, I hope, from considering her role in this story. I love you mom.