It was the best they had to give at the time and it worked for us. On my desk I have a plaque which reads ‘Bloom where you are planted.’ I believe that, somehow, against all odds, we were able to do that.
Almo, KY (PRWEB) May 31, 2013
In the new memoir, “Growing up in Granola Village: Surrounded by Fruits, Nuts, and Flakes” (published by AuthorHouse), D. St. Louis puts a positive, humorous spin on her childhood, a childhood which she had spent most of her life looking at as dysfunctional until a life-changing situation altered her perspective.
When St. Louis’ brother became terminally ill, the siblings began to examine their childhood. They were seeking answers. They wondered if something in their past had contributed to his illness. They wondered why it was happening. Soon their remaining two sisters were involved in their search.
“Growing up in Granola Village” took shape when they realized they had so many stories to tell. “Many, in hindsight, were funny,” says St. Louis. “Some were insightful. All of them helped provide a distraction for George while he was undergoing treatments. I don't know if we ever did answer our original questions but we came to see our very early years in a more positive light.”
Instead of feeling surprised that they had survived their background, they soon felt a sense of thankfulness for their background. They saw it as nourishment that allowed them to grow into flourishing adults.
“It may not have been much by other people's standards but it was enough,” she says about the people she grew up around in her hometown. “It was the best they had to give at the time and it worked for us. On my desk I have a plaque which reads ‘Bloom where you are planted.’ I believe that, somehow, against all odds, we were able to do that.”
“Growing up in Granola Village”
By D. St. Louis
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 124 pages | ISBN 9781481734929
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 124 pages | ISBN 9781481734936
E-Book | 124 pages | ISBN 9781481734912
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
About the Author
D. St. Louis was born and raised in Upstate New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and has worked as the manager of a postal facility for 25 years. Married and the mother of four children, St. Louis is retired. She spends her time writing, scrapbooking and doing genealogy. “Growing up in Granola Village” is her first book.
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