My mother has been gone for many, many years, yet I think of her often. She is always in my head when I sit down to write.
Many of my fictional mothers are women who have struggled in life, and I often look back at my mother’s personal strength and faith, and to her beliefs that women could do anything they set their minds to.
She wasn’t a feminist, not one who crusaded for women’s rights, but rather a woman who simply knew who she was and acted accordingly.
As today’s “Sneak Peek”, I’m sharing a short “snippet” from Summertime. Like many adult children, Linn Sparks faces a difficult situation with her mother — a victim of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. In 1914, the condition was not well known, nor was it understood. As I learned through my research, about ten years earlier, the German physician, Dr. Alois Alzheimer, had begun studying patients with cognitive disorders. He hoped to unravel the mystery of their disease and develop treatments.
For more information on Alzheimer’s Disease, visit their website.
In Summertime, stage star Linn Sparks returns to rural Kansas for a short visit. In the excerpt that follows, she has suggested that her parents sell their farm and move into town. Her mother worries about the beloved sheep she raises.
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“Mama, you understand, don’t you? Selling this place is the best thing for both of you.”
“But what about my sheep, Linnie?” Tears filled her eyes. “If we move to some little place in town, where will the sheep stay?”
“We’ll sell the sheep too, along with this house and the land.” Linn’s temples throbbed. She needed to calm down. Closing her eyes, she thought about San Francisco, about the gentle breezes from the ocean, the clear blue skies overhead. When she opened her eyes again, she smiled at her mother, then glanced up at her father, who stood with his callused hand atop the back of the old wooden chair.
“Don’t upset your mother, Linnie.” He scratched at the stubble on his jaw.
“I’m only trying to help! Running this farm is hard work. Can’t you see how much easier life could be for both of you?” She placed a hand on her mother’s arm.
“But, the sheep, Linnie…”
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