- I am a bereaved mother and wife. I began this blog to help me look for the "good things" in life after my daughter, "Babybear", died in July 2005. Three years later, her daddy, my husband, "Bear", died in November 2008. (You'll find a link to their stories on my blog) And now, as difficult as it is, I continue to look for the good things in my life as I learn my new normal with my pup, "Furrybear", at my side. And the angels on my shoulder...
The Poem That Inspired My Blog's Subtitle
Bear and Babybear
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards.
One winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry delivers his own twins. Upon realizing the second twin, a daughter, had Down's Syndrome, Dr. Henry makes a decision that forever shapes the future of his family. He hands the little girl to his nurse and tells her to take her away to an institution. He then tells his wife that their daughter has died during birth.
While his wife grieves for her daughter, the nurse, Caroline, decides to go away and raise this child as her own.
The story follows both Caroline and the Henry's over the next 20 years, and how this one night, this one decision, changed them all in very profound ways.
I enjoyed this book, but also found myself emotionally relating, in particular to Norah Henry, who believes her child has died.
(I have heard that this book has been made into a movie, but I can't find it on zip.ca.)