What happens when both parents die, leaving young children behind? Have they prepared? How do siblings cope in the midst of trauma? Read the stories the From Left to Write bloggers are sharing today, inspired by memoir The Kids Are All Right by siblings Diana and Liz Welch, with Amanda and Dan Welch.
- Emily from West of the Loop can pinpoint the moment when she started caring about fashion
- Cristie Ritz King from The Traveling Circus has a fourth birthday coming up
- Zen Mama Wannabe from Zen Mama Wannabe has been playing the numbers game
- Meghan from Meghan’s Mindless Mutterings considers childhood memories
- Kristine from Mommy Needs Therapy or a Bottle of Wine has some words of wisdom and wishes for her children
- Elaine from Connor and Helen Grow Up! has a sister who holds her past
- Samantha from Garza Girls made a five-item to-do list
- Nicki from Suddenly Single Journey realizes that our life experiences shape who we are
- April McCaffery from It’s All About Balance talks all about sisters
- Jen Bush from AnybodyWant A Peanut? made one final mix tape
- Meghan from Meg’s Idle Chatter lost her home base when her parents got divorced
- Lisa from Grandma’s Briefs wonders ARE the kids all right?
- Emily from Mama Sick worries about what would happen if…
- Kristina from Parent Grapevine ponders losing grandparents too soon
- Marinka from Motherhood in NYC was shaped by being an only child
- Melissa B from Life With Sophia makes a case for siblings
- Sharon from Channeling Ricky thinks that mothers are the glue that hold a family together
- Lisa from Hannemaniacs is making sure that William is all right
- Brandi from Mama Knows It All knows all about resiliency
- Grace Duffy from Formerly Gracie has to trust
- Christy @MorethanMommy from Quirky Fusion remembers her biological absentee father
- Eunice C from Random Walk Down Mommy Street discusses drug use and her recent diagnosis of PMDD
- Linsey from Me Too You is passing it on
- Nicole from Not Just a Working Mom discusses the joy and other hazards of siblings
- Brenda Bartella Peterson from brendabartellapeterson.com has karasses and grandfaloons
- Julie from A Good Joe is blowing off history homework (which she loves) to read this book
- melanie from tales from the crib asks if anyone wants to have four (more) kids in their family?
- Evonne from Javagrrl Cafe shares what she learned from her father’s death
About the book:
“Perfect is boring.”
Well, 1983 certainly wasn’t boring for the Welch family. Somehow, between their handsome father’s mysterious death, their glamorous soap opera star mother’s cancer diagnosis, and a phalanx of lawyers intent on bankruptcy proceedings, the four Welch siblings managed to handle each new heartbreaking misfortune together. But all that changed with the death of their mother. While nineteen year-old Amanda was legally on her own, the three younger siblings—Liz, 16; Dan, 14 and Diana, 8—were each dispersed to a different set of family friends.
Purchase your copy of The Kids Are All Right by Diana and Liz Welch, with Dan and Amanda Welch.