Caring for a series of relatives profoundly changed the author's life, and she relays her feelings, circumstances and responsibilities in this new book. This highly personal account shares childhood memories from the author, who relives them through the eyes of the loved ones she is now caring for who helped make those memories. She also details the struggles, emotions and insecurities of the responsibility of caring for others.

In "Generational Cooking: A Story About Life and Becoming a Caregiver," Ratzthompson describes how she began caring for her mother's parents as she worked through a failing business, divorce and health issues. She turned to helping others as a way of coping. She compares caregiving to cooking, as multiple people and personalities must blend together at just the right time and with the right ingredients. Caregivers do, in fact, prepare meals for their charges, creating memories as they dine together. The book serves as a guide for one woman's journey through life as she cares for loved ones, drawing on strength she never knew she had with the support of her husband, family members and caring organizations.

The role of caregiver can be misunderstood but is as vital as ever. As Ratzthompson writes, "No amount of money, wealth, stature, or power can buy this commitment, this time, and these memories. This is a sometimes-unbearable task made possible by the support of spouses, friends, family, and organizations who understand."

Author Linda Phyllis Ratzthompson has a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and worked for a title underwriter representing northeast Florida. The Jacksonville native was a contractor with her own firm in St. Augustine, building and remodeling more than 100 homes. She served as a member of the Planning and Zoning Board in St. Augustine Beach and was elected as a commissioner. She was an active volunteer for charity and has cared for her grandparents, mother-in-law and now her parents. Ratzthompson, her husband and her parents live in Melrose.

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Generational Cooking: A Story About Life and Becoming a Caregiver
Linda Phyllis Ratzthompson
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-2269-7
136 pages
$30.00 US

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