Books And Short Stories
She was a strong German woman. She actually survived lots of events in her life, but the one that affected her children’s lives happened when they were 10, 11, and I was 12.
Imagine for a moment being born to parents in 1946. As you begin to grow up in the late forties and fifties, spending most of your school years in an all-girl catholic school. Then you graduate high school, come back home, meet your soulmate, and get married within two weeks of meeting.
Becoming a parent, yourself in the late 1960s not knowing that in just a few short years, your children will grow up knowing two different women existed Inside you.
Donna Alford recounts the event in her mother’s life that caused her children to know two versions of the same woman. It all began in 1979, She was 33 and had a 10-hour brain aneurysm surgery with a 50/50 chance of survival. Lived 39 years after the surgery. She also recounts the lessons in faith and prayer her mother taught her along with teaching her children to be survivors.
At age 72 she could still do a 500-piece jigsaw in 2 weeks and read & discuss everything Donna brought to her, she died last Thanksgiving 2018 from pneumonia.”
Her journey on earth may have closed, but she has left a legacy of strong children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who are stronger people due to her examples.
Donna’s Culinary Cookbook
Her father was a creative person, especially in the kitchen. He would sneak into the kitchen late evenings, turn on the oven and out popped a sweet treat for his family.
At the age of nine her father had her at the antique stove teaching her to make pancakes for her siblings. By age twelve she could prepare basic meals for the family. Not only because she had a passion for cooking and baking but because life events meant she must take on an adult role in the home.
Her Culinary skills have surpassed what her father taught her, but he was always the inspiration for the passion of cooking and baking.