“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.” – Stephen King
What I’m writing about…
When I was a young girl, my father would fly me around my room before going to bed. This nighttime routine led me through spectacular flying dreams, and it infused my waking moments with an insatiable zeal. But later on in life, when my dad was suffering from depression, I couldn’t seem to lift up the very person who taught me that I could fly. It was heartbreaking.
Last year, my dad ended his pain by ending his life, and as a part of my healing, I decided to venture inward, back in time and across the globe to unearth our shared roots. I revisited a family memory that belonged to my grandfather–a man who was born to a Jewish family in a small farming town in Germany, and who miraculously fled Buchenwald during the Holocaust. Eventually, he immigrated to the United States, but his story didn’t end there: mere weeks after becoming a citizen, my grandfather was drafted into the army and fought to invade his own homeland. Without his bravery and persistence (mixed in with a whole lot of luck), I simply wouldn’t be here today.
It’s no mystery why my grandfather was my dad’s hero, and in my writing I’ll be sharing their story. But the real heart of the book lies in the dreams my dad made come true for my sister and me… dreams that were embodied so perfectly in the life of a little yellow bird we inherited from him after he passed away. My family memoir will celebrate the way that our fathers make us who we are. And it will reveal the hidden meaning I found in the small, resilient soul that so sweetly perched on our family’s tree in a time of great need.
Stay tuned and you’ll bee the first to know when With Wings They Flew becomes available.
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