Saturday, October 8, 2011

Living in My Skin, Even if It's Purple, a Memoir

My friend and fellow writer, Debbie Fox, released her memoir. The underlying message, to embrace our differences, runs through every chapter like the port wine birthmark stain across Debbie's torso. This book is affirming, uplifting and frightening (she suffered paralysis during childbirth directly related to her birthmark). Please check out this wonderful memoir about her journey towards acceptance and her courage to face childrens' taunts and life's challenges.

by: Debbie Fox (Author)
ISBN: 0-7414-6748-8 ©2011
Price: $16.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 304 pages
Category/Subject: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General

My grandson Nicholas, nine years old saw this book on the table. I explained that the author was my friend and she was born this way. His eyes lit up and he excitedly said, "WOW! Look at her. She must be very special."

I thought he was referencing special education.

I asked why he thought that, and he said, "Don't you know what happens right as you leave heaven to come to earth and be born? Look right here on the back of my thigh. I have a birthmark too. It's where the angels kissed me good-bye. Look at your friend. The angels must have really-really loved her and thought she was special, because look how big her birthmark is."

Tears sprang to my eyes and I hugged him. From the mind and mouth of a tender- hearted, football-playing, rough and tumble little boy, who is on Student Council and is an A student, came complete and total ACCEPTANCE of a stanger's looming birthmark that would frighten or at least confuse many children. I am so proud of this boy who is a ray of sunshine in my life and this world.

9 comments:

irishoma said...

This is my second try posting a comment. Hope it works.

Linda, you are right to be proud of Nicholas. He sounds like such a compassionate young man.

And Debbie's memoir sounds like a courageous story. Thanks for letting me know about your post today. I hope the Google glitch is fixed soon.

Donna

Thisisme. said...

Tears are in my eyes as well Linda! What a wonderful thing for your grandson to say. Debbie sounds like a very brave lady. I've been leaving comments on all your posts Linda, but they are not appearing. Looks as if this one is going to go through alright. Sorry about that my friend. Don't know what's going on!

Beth M. Wood said...

Brought tears to my eyes, too Linda. I love the way (most) kids are so accepting. It comes from parents - and grandparents - who raise them right. Thanks for sharing ; )

Anne said...

Lovely post! I wish all kids were more like Nicholas. Have a great weekend!
~Anne

Bouncin' Barb said...

Your son is indeed 'special'. How amazing one so young can think like that. She sounds like one very amazing woman too. Great post.

Patti said...

Your grandson has certainly been raised the way we wish everyone was raised! What a compassionate heart he has!!

A huge congratulations to your dear friend for not only overcoming the hurtful taunts of childhood, but for going forth in victory to share her story with others.

Blessings to her...and you,
Patti

June Freaking Cleaver said...

Your grandson needs to teach other kids about compassion - and teach some of the parents while he's at it, too.

My granddaughter Jordyn had a large hemangioma on her hip (it's gotten smaller as she's gotten bigger). I used to tell her the angels kissed her, too.

Tammy said...

Outa the mouths of babes. And angels.

Lynn said...

Awww, that's so sweet about your grandson and what he said. Made me cry. I'm going to order a copy of Deb's book - that's so great!