Trading Places: Becoming My Mother's Mother - A Daughter's Memoir
Caring for an elderly parent can be extremely challenging. The role reversal involved is emotionally and intellectually demanding, and many caregivers find themselves unprepared to undertake such a difficult task. I know I was.
In Trading Places: Becoming My Mother’s Mother, I share my personal experiences from spending ten years caring for my ailing mother.
This heartfelt look at the trials and tribulations of that decade offers powerful insight and encouragement for anyone entering into a similar period of life. These touching stories share the heartbreaking, and sometimes comical, moments I experienced while providing assistance to my mother —and how they mirrored similar events from my own childhood.
In a very real sense, I traded places with my mother. I found myself uttering phrases I heard all too often as a child, such as, “Don’t give your food to the dog” and, “You’ve had enough sugar today.” I began jotting down the things I said to my mother, and thus this charming book was born.
This memoir is filled with respect, compassion, and love. My goal was to write an uplifting and amusing memoir for anyone involved in caregiving, or who may face that role in the future.