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A Joyful Encounter: My Mother, My Alzheimer Clients, and Me, A Memoir by Lynn Scott 

The Story Woman Book Review

          Well, what can I say? I am overwhelmed with feelings after reading Lynn Scott’s, A Joyful Encounter, My Mother, My Alzheimer Clients, and Me. Her memoir brought up passion and emotion in me about my Alzheimer’s afflicted mother on so many levels that I know will stay with me forever. It is hard to describe or even fully recognize this gamut of feelings that came over me when reading this collection of short, true tales written in Scott’s honest, lyrical prose as she interacts with her Alzheimer clients, all the while discovering realities about her relationship with her long deceased mother.

Scott gently, but powerfully, leads readers into the hearts and minds of this frequently fearful, heartbreakingly confused, sometimes hilarious, often enchanting, but mostly misunderstood group of elders who have love to give, and, let’s not forget, an innate need to receive love – even if you think they aren’t aware that you are there.

This book should be read by every man, woman, and teenager, whether or not one has interactions with folks diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  There is so much humanity and understanding of the human spirit woven into Scott’s stories that the confines of disease are transcended. Her wisdom, lessons, and insights into the power of healing when love is expressed span all kinds of interpersonal relationships.

I wish I’d had this Joyful Encounter as my coach and companion during the poignant final three years I spent with my mother as her caregiver prior to her death eleven years ago. Scott’s book made me laugh, cry, and wish I could have my mother back for just a day, even one more hour.

#5 Coverlarge pix Dughters Keeping  5-4-09_0001And then my mother became my muse and was the impetus for my TellTale Souls collection of memoirs, true tales capturing mothers' character and spirit. I've designed the front cover of my book with this picture of Mom aboard the SS Aleutian on her way to Alaska in 1942 (she was pregnant with my brother, Rick).

 The Story Woman asks daughters and sons to write bio-vigenettes capturing their mothers' character for TellTale Souls.

Lynn Scott, A Joyful Encounter

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Moms and writing

Wonderful photo of your mother--and what a lovely gift she gave back to you, with your writing mission.

I also believe my mother (still living, I'm happy to say) played an important role, albeit a hidden one, in the unexpected midlife passion for the accordion that led to my memoir Accordion Dreams.

There's a chapter in the book about my mother, called "In the Blood." I was very anxious when I showed it to her, before the book came out. (I gave her a draft then immediately dashed out the door to go jogging, leaving my husband to field comments!)

Her first reaction: She thought the chapter was wonderful, but of course now she could never share my book with any of her friends, because it revealed some personal things about her troubled family background. But a few hours later she started hinting I should try to get that chapter published as a stand-alone piece! So I guess she decided she wanted a wider audience after all. (That's my mom :-)

Blair

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Moms and Memoir

Hi Blair,
Loved your comments. Got a good chuckle out of your mother's reactions to your story about her - didn't take her long to want some glory all her own!

Which leads me to asking would you be interested in writing a mother memoir for my TellTale Souls collection? My book of 50 true tales is with an agent now, in search of a publisher, so I know I can insert a few new bio-vignettes (I have several to add already).

I request 600-1500 words that capture the character and spirit of one's mother. I'll send you more info if you want to move forward on my invitation.

Thank you!

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What a beautiful photograph

What a beautiful photograph Lynn. It simply captures a solitary, contemplative mood...Mary

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Simplicity is best. Thanks

Simplicity is best. Thanks for stopping by.