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.
always "turning left" when driving. Then, there is also the matter of her falling once in awhile. What to do?
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.
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
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.
|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.
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.
Novels by M.J. Brett
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