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Designated Daughter: The Bonus Years with Mom Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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"When my mother became a widow, I became a Designated Daughter--the sibling who would try to take up the empty space that had always been filled by Dad. Instead, I found my own strong space, and learned that if you walk beside your mother when she needs you, you'll absorb her wisdom and her strength--which will carry you as far as you ever need to go."
--D. G. Fulford
About the Author
D.G. Fulford is a best-selling author and former columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News and New York Times News Service. Her first book, To Our Children's Children: Preserving Family Histories for Generations to Come, written with her brother, Bob Greene, is currently in its 40th printing. Fulford has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and National Public Radio. Phyllis Greene became a first-time author at the age of eighty-two; she has written two books, including It Must Have Been Moonglow: Reflections on the First Years of Widowhood. She is the mother of three, the grandmother of eight, and the great-grandmother of one.
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Reviewed by Karen Haney
In Designated Daughter: The Bonus Years with Mom, D. G. Fulford with her mother, Phyllis Greene, gives everyone who reads this book a bonus! Readers will find a witty, touching, and inspirational story of a mother and daughter and how their relationship grows and changes with age and through life's experiences. After D. G.'s father dies, she decides it is best to move back home to be closer to her mother. She returns expecting to be a care giver for her mother, but D. G. quickly realizes she will be on the receiving end of care in many ways for very much of the time. As this mother-daughter team becomes friends and partners, the reader is led to reevaluate or remember their own relationship with their mother.
Uniquely told, D. G. Fulford writes of the journey she makes but the book is richly enhanced by her mother, Phyllis Greene, adding her take on things at the end of each chapter. Phyllis Greene became an author herself at the age of 82 and their shared careers are a good foundation for the bond that develops. Both are different in many ways, but they soon discover that their mutual needs are met by their sharing this special time together. D. G. relates how their lives changed following her father's death and how they share so much together very much like many mothers and daughters do in the same situation. She realizes there are many mother and daughter partnerships like theirs and thus gives herself, and those like her, the nickname of "designated daughters".
Everyday chores and experiences are dealt with but in a shared manner, with support and love, as well as adversity and sacrifices. The story also includes the role the rest of their family plays in important decisions for their mother as well as normal family celebrations and heartaches that are shared. Laced with stories of D. G.'s and Phyllis's friends' own shared experiences, the story is enriched with the celebration of each of these relationships.
As Mrs. .Green ages and her health takes the normal turn that age will inevitably play on one's life, the bond grows with D. G. and this heartwarming, joyfully honest, and uplifting account gives all of us hope for the future and for the love that is shared with parent and child.
Submitted and originally published with Curledup.com by Karen Haney, August, 2008
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