We can fool ourselves into thinking that we have our lives well planned out. It was that way for me, being a product of the 1950/60’s: I’d go to college, meet my prince, get married, have children and live happily ever after. As much as I thought I knew what to expect, my life was riddled with surprises. But the last was the most unexpected, compelling me to write Fifth Child, a non-fiction book about the anguish and consequences of a drug-addicted child, which resulted in parenting her child almost since birth.

My husband and I are cast into a shockingly large demographic. Grandparents raising grandchildren is a growing phenomenon in our country because of our shifting economy, unmarried teen mothers, alcohol abuse and illegal drug use. Close to 10 million grandparents comprise the club. We had already raised four children. Jaime was our third child, and Brady is her son, who began calling us Mommy and Daddy when he was three. Readers may be amazed to find calamity overcoming a so seemingly traditional family. But as events and family history unfold, disturbing pitfalls and unfortunate genetic vulnerability reveal fault lines that can sabotage people from any walk of life.

"The Addict's Mom Sharing Without Shame" Video is so important whether addiction has touched your life or not. It's powerful. Please click on the link below to watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHNZbbePiKg

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011


So, growing up in the 50's and 60's, I thought my life was planned out. I'd go to college, find my prince, get married, have kids and live happily ever after. What planet was I on?????

Drug addiction in MY family? NEVER.
A child of mine living on the street? NEVER.
One of my children incarcerated? NEVER.
Raising a grandchild in my lifetime? NEVER.
Experiencing the death of one of my children? NEVER.

NEVER say never.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Lynne, its Bethany from Growing Garden! I am so excited you are writing a book- I cant wait to read it. Did you know Orly and I are also writing a book? We created an original way to teach the history of art to kids age 3-8 and have been teaching it at Growing Garden for two years. We put the classes into book form and are shopping it around- just like you! I might be going to a large book convention in NYC in May to meet publishers and agents. Any interest? Facebook me if you are interested.