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Remembering Mom and Dad Paperback – February 16, 2013
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About the Author
Ande Jacobson is an engineer, a musician, and a writer. As a musician, Ande is a reed player and sometimes a musical director for numerous theatre pit orchestras in the Silicon Valley. As a writer, Ande pulls from both the analytical side as an engineer and the artistic side having spent a fair amount of time on the dark side of theatre writing reviews and theatre commentary on agoodreedreview.com. Through this first book, Ande makes the jump from “analyzing the data” to telling the stories and keeping family memories alive.
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Top customer reviews
It's unimportant that as a reader I did not know "Mom and Dad" personally at the beginning of this book, because I definitely knew them both by the end ... and realized what a significant impact both had had on the life of the author. And what a unique childhood these remarkable parents had provided ... where flying to dinner was the norm, and where the family home was full of music and a menagerie of animals ... this book is a wonderful homage to the author's parents, and a very enjoyable read.
Both parents were very involved with their children and Ande shares her memories of vacations, pets, flying in her father's small airplane, making music together, special occasions, etc.
Unfortunately, tragedy can strike even the best of families. When she was ten years old, Ande's father was killed in a plane crash, an experience she relates in her opening chapter, "I Never Got to Say Goodbye."
Despite her grief, Bayla Jacobson took on the task of being a single mother to two young girls, one of them with special needs, and did an admirable job. She not only provided for their basic needs, she continued and expanded many of the traditions the family had been accustomed to, including annual trips to Disneyland and the love and practice of music, creating a strong, independent daughter in the process.
Although I did not have the pleasure of knowing Bayla and Jerry personally, this book made me feel like I did. The author's memories moved me to tears on more than one occasion and had me laughing out loud in many others. Although I wish she had included some family photographs in the book, her vivid descriptions enabled me to easily picture the events and people she described.
In the end, I identified with her family and came away appreciating my own parents a little better. I am about the same age as the author and her book made me contemplate my family, the fragility of life, and the importance of appreciating our parents while we have them.
It was an enjoyable read and I highly recommend it.