ISBN    978-09748869-6-1                                                                                                   Dancing in the Wind

      When a family decides it's time to send 92-year-old Granny to a retirement home, "for her own good," of course, feisty

Martha Sidony fights back.
       In frustration, she tells her brood, "I'm neither incompetent, nor incontinent, and I can take care of myself, thank you very much!"
       But her younger family members don't understand her little ideosyncracies--like dancing in the wind, hoarding telephones, and

always "turning left" when driving. Then, there is also the matter of her falling once in awhile.  What to do?
     She is distressed that none of children or grandchildren want all the things she has saved over years of travel. While they send her

belongings to Goodwill, often over her objections, Martha finds an old Clorox shipping box that yields case

studies from forty years of her teaching on two continents. Remembering her students, Gran finds her advice to her "kidlets" from long

ago just might help demonstrate her independence now.
      Her life lessons from the old box serve to keep her out of the way, which the family claims is "necessary," but they also buy her

time and ammunition to lobby for some choice in the matter. The old records even bring her unlikely allies in her campaign to stay free. 

      Growing older is not an option. It is a fact. How will we and our families handle the decisions that come with living longer and

being more active longer? When we age, we still see ourselves in the mirror as we were when we were young and "had a life," while our

grandchildren think we were hatched the day they were born to make cookies. They cannot imagine us as young and in love. 

      How do we handle the delicate dance of keeping our aging family members safe, without interfering with the independence they fear is 

slipping away.  

     This story is meant to help start the dialogue in every family, to bring a little humor into a difficult situation.  It's better for us to

laugh about life's inevitable changes, than to only cry over things we cannot change.

     Can Granny hold out long enough to make a difference in her family's lives and stave off the problems of her pierced and tatooed

      Sooner than anyone believes, it will be time for Gran's last stand, when she feels she must step in to save others.

Letters from readers:

     "Your latest story seems so close to what our family is going through right now. We really don't know how to be helpful to our elderly

parents, and still deal with the day-to-day pressures of our own jobs and growing children. Your 'Granny' is courageous and wise in this

dilemma, and maybe we can learn from her. It helps to see life from the point of view of this hot-shot old lady."  Sara H.

     "Ten years ago, I never dreamed I'd be faced with having to help my parents. They both seemed so lively and independent. A sudden

accident changed all our lives forever. Though we  try, we can't seem to give them the independence they want, while trying to keep our

own lives going. You seem to keep "touching a nerve" for your readers, bringing them stories in which they can see their own images.

With each of your novels, I always feel like you are writing just to me." Holly S.

A light touch with a difficult topic we all must face sooner

or later

About Dancing in the Wind

Novels by M.J. Brett

(a.k.a. Margaret Brettschneider)