Me: I would hope so. THREE birthday cakes, jeesh...
Amanda: Yeah. Tomorrow it's back to normal food. Snickers and Milky Way.
One thing Amanda and I have in common is that we both love to write. During those terrible weeks in 2013, we found solace in sharing our thoughts, and putting words on paper. Even then, I saw the start of a book happening. We were living it. Every day that we were together, we made notes. Often Amanda would initiate these sessions by saying, "Let's work on our book."
It brought tremendous comfort to both of us. Now I am finding that most memoirs having to do with Down's syndrome are about babies, written by the parents... People reeling from the reality of how their life will never be the same, and not in ways they expected. But Amanda's story is one of later years, and hopefully will serve as a warning to folks about getting their affairs in order. I hope that this story will spring from the ashes and help someone.
The manuscript is in the final editing stages now; our story is told. We are searching for a publisher, but teetering on the brink of indecision, as there are so many self-publishing options available. Please follow us on Facebook for regular updates.
THE NORTH SIDE OF DOWN will describe, as no other book has, what life is like growing up with someone with Down's syndrome. It will show how sometimes those with the softest voice have the most to say. It will show how appearances can deceive, not only in those who seem simple, but in those who seem the most loyal. It will examine how the legal system can paralyze a disabled person in the wake of the loss of a guardian. Perhaps most importantly, it explains the concept of true forgiveness.