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·"Jeff Dawson's writing style really drew mein." BookLover
·"I am honored to have taken this journeywith you." Orchard Book Club
·"Felt like I was there." Lyn Harston
·"There are parts of this story that makeyou laugh, make you cry, and leave you breathless......" Narly Nut's Book Lover's and Reviews
·"This memoir begins with poetry thatquickly sets the pace of this emotional tear jerker."Margaret Faria InD'Tale
·"You occasionally see the phrase: written from the heart.Jeff Dawson's book is the first I have read where I can say this is completelytrue." Best selling author Chloe Thurlow
After Debbie passed, I asked her girls if they would like for me to chronicle the short time their mom and I spent together. In thirty years, the total time was twenty-five months. But it was an amazing twenty-five months. They agreed to the idea. They thought it would be a wonderful tribute to their mom and they might even learn a few stories about her. And learn they did.
I'll admit, it was tough reconstructing our years in high school. Everything was going well until I went off to college. Our relationship went downhill rapidly. Despite not being very happy, no, really pissed off, I never could forget her.
One of the most important lessons I learned when we reunited was, we were brought together when we needed each other the most. I will always cherish and remember the short time we were allowed to share each others lives.
Some readers have wondered why her girls weren't more involved with the book. That was their choice at the time. Jessica did submit her perception the final time we admitted Debbie to the hospital. Amanda chose not to write anything. She has however submitted a poem for the upcoming poetry book.
After Debbie died, it was a very tumultuous time for the girls. That's why there is nothing about them in the end. They are now living with their father and are doing extremely well. They still miss their mom very much, but as we all know, who have lost a loved one, time heals all wounds.
Perhaps someday, they will sit down and add their own stories to "our" work.