Please join me in celebrating the First Choice Award for my upcoming book with the working title Just Listen for the Thud: The Power of Humor in Caregiving. The agent to whom I presented my manuscript at the San Diego Writers’ Conference nominated me for this award. My hope is that the lives of care receivers and their family caregivers will soar in quality once they read this book. As my friend Lynne said, “Laughter is part of the solace.”
Just Listen for the Thud is a collection of narratives in which the how-to of caregiving is embedded. But the real story lies in the intimacy that develops in the caregiving relationship, in acceptance of what is, and in the endurance of commitment. Most importantly, it’s about what the caregivers I interviewed described as the monumental lesson of their lives: “If we don’t laugh, we’ll never get through this.”
No victims, they.
Baby Boomers, this is for us.
I’ll keep you posted on this long publishing process.
Maggie McCann Pike
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