My brother, Andrew McDowd Secrest, has written a wonderful book about our childhoods, adult lives and the times in which we have lived. A picture of "Broadacre," the house we grew up in, is on the cover, with lots of family pictures inside. Everyone should click here to BUY IT and READ IT. For me, reading it is like reliving my life. So many stories. Mac never forgets a thing!
But of course children remember some things differently, have different perspectives and experiences. Here are some of mine, based on my journal entries over the years. My son Jim is gradually going through them and preparing them for "publication" here. For the most part, he is purposely excluding stories I've written from essentially the same perspective and point of view Mac writes from.
If you haven't read Mac's book (and of course you should), for quick background on our family, you should read a few articles on Mac's web site by my son Jim:
- Our formative and bonding experience as caregivers and advocates for our mother, who suffered on and off from severe depression. Click.
- Our family's sense of accomplishment and prominence, yet we were haunted by the possibility of a recessive gene of mental illness. Click.
- His account of "plotting to euthanize his nephew." While I have a different perspective on those difficult years, his account does have value, as I know he was trying to protect me. Click.