“An ordinary life examined closely reveals itself to be exquisite and complicated and exceptional somehow managing to be both heroic and plain.”
Once nameless, faceless people in the community.
They openly shared their story with a stranger,
The good, the bad, the defeats, the miracles
Years that passed worrying, wondering, hoping, not knowing.
Then life coming together.
Affirming what they believed, what they dreamt, what they desired.
Lesson learned that life gives back in time
Again and again and again.
Watching their faces
Listening to their stories,
I saw a stranger becoming real
Their hopes and joys and dreams
Their challenges and heartache and setbacks
Merging with faith and humanness
Just like me. Just like you.
A bond formed by the stories they shared.
It's out. The book, A slice of Life is a collection of short stories of twenty-six older adults living in Burlington, Ontario. They are stories of overcoming hardships, refusing to give up, finding romance and realizing dreams. All of them full of hope.
All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Family Council Network 4 Advocacy Committee to help them continue to push for policies that ensure dignity and high quality care for those living in long-term-care homes.
I have loved working on this book and meeting so many incredible people. I got another grant. Now onto the next one.