We interrupt our usual garden blogging to bring your attention to a worthy cause. Several years ago, Rundy wrote some posts for this blog. His garden writing dropped off when he left home to care for his grandfather who had Alzheimers. Yes, this young man cooked, bought groceries, spoonfed when necessary, changed diapers, cleaned up messes, answered questions, read stories, and played jokes on Grandpa* for the last three years of his grandfather’s life. Somehow he managed to write down in snatches what he was thinking and feeling as he did so. These smaller bits of writing have now been fleshed out into a book–The Sea is Wide: A Memoir of Caregiving. And Rundy needs money to get his book published. Please go over to his Pubslush campaign and give what you can. (Pubslush is like Kickstarter, but for books.)
Rundy is my son, and Grandpa was my father-in-law. I do have a vested interest. But frankly, I don’t know of many writers who can approach this difficult topic without becoming maudlin–yet Rundy has done it. You only have to donate five dollars, and you’ll get to read the first ten chapters. Once you’ve read them, I’m betting you’ll go back and donate more, because you’ll think of someone who would be encouraged by reading Rundy’s book. You may know several people, in fact.
If you are as impressed with Rundy’s writing as I think you will be, please tell your friends to visit Rundy’s Pubslush campaign. Facebook, Twitter, Reddit–wherever you like to hang out, let them know. Rundy and I thank you very much.
*Oh, yes, Grandpa still had a sense of humor, and Rundy brought it out whenever he could. Despite his dementia, Grandpa managed to play a really good joke on Rundy, he really got him good when he–oh, you’ll have to read the book to find that out!