Through winter storms and turbulent situations, magical reality threads and beautifies the daily lives of mother Susan and daughter Olivia. While a Native American guide appears and remains close to Susan, Olivia’s imaginary friend materializes for her when she faces danger or tragedy. Yes, there is trouble. Olivia Olson, a biracial young girl, notices differences in herself. Why does she not look like her friends and the other Caucasian girls in her small Northern Minnesota hometown? At the same time, the widow of Olivia’s black Muslim biological father desires a meeting with Olivia and Susan. Susan complies and learns so much more about Olivia’s biological father and his family. Added to these challenges, a past widely broadcast abduction begins to recur in nightmares and flashbacks for Olivia. See what else transpires in the life of Olivia Olson.
The initial idea for this work was to provide a space for a reader to record daily events in accordance to the date as recorded by my mother. What transpired is an abridged account of my mother’s last year of her life living at Luther Memorial Home in Mayville, North Dakota -- with added remarks and snippets of my life now in The Villages, Florida. Written in my mother’s aging hand, with extreme intellect and charm, the journal is a historical account of the daily life in a nursing facility. My Mother’s Journal portrays small matters that, when pieced together and seen from a distance, become large. Subsequently, her words are a rare gift and it is my hope that this will foster more such journaling.
I would like to thank my early readers (Aunt Dorothy; my sister, Karen; my friend, Trish; and my step-daughter-in-law, Dixie) for their encouragement and support in completing this bittersweet and challenging project.