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Book Title: The Stranger In My Recliner|
Date of issue: January 26th 2016
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The author of the book: Doreen M. McGettigan
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 559 KB
Edition: Tate Publishing and Enterprises
Read full description of the books The Stranger In My Recliner:He gently helped her back up onto her feet and then picked up what he thought were her grocery bags. After giving her a quick look over and insuring she had no injuries he insisted on giving her a ride home.
After asking her numerous times for her address and struggling not to get frustrated with her, Sophie finally admitted to him, she had no home to go to and nowhere to stay.
John called me to ask if he could bring a woman home for the night. Not exactly the thing you expect your husband to call and request.
When Sophie walked through my front door that night I could not believe my eyes. She was a frail, filthy, and hunched over, eighty- year –old woman.
I made her a hot cup of tea and then went upstairs and prepared her a warm bubble bath. I gave her my favorite silk pajamas, clean underwear, a warm fluffy pair of socks and a thick robe.
What possibly could have happened to her, what sin or crime did she commit that left her no choice in the world but to trust complete strangers over family or friends? Imagining what in the world those possible sins and crimes were, scared me to my core.
My husband on the other hand is trusting to a frustrating fault. I admire his compassion and knew in my heart that keeping her safe and warm on that cold, wet night was the right thing to do no matter how she came to be in this situation. I could not help wondering why I had to be the one to do that particular right thing on that particular night.
I just kept saying to myself, no worries, she will only be with us until we can find a good home for her. I believed one of her relatives would show up and claim her. They would knock on our front door and tell us they had been searching for her and they could not thank us enough for taking care of her.
Sophie’s story is one of jealous, vindictive siblings, an abusive husband, and a sexual assault that resulted in a pregnancy, a kidnapping and bitter, unforgiving children. She was attacked by several younger homeless people and an Elvis impersonators girlfriend. She was left out in the cold by a deceiving judge who convinced her to care for his dying wife while he cheated on her and then by a group of lost souls that she devoted her life to serving.
As much as I felt we were getting to know Sophie and it was starting to feel like she was just another one of our ‘crazy’ relatives there was still so much that we didn’t know about her. After more than two-years how was it possible that she was still very much the stranger in our recliner?
Read information about the authorDoreen has written for several Philadelphia area newspapers and magazines. She is a freelance journalist, award winning blogger, content writer, ghostwriter, speaker and an author. She works part-time as a caregiver for the elderly most of whom are in Hospice Care. She is an active member of and sits on the board of The Press Club of Pa.,(w/National Press Club affiliation), the chairperson and facilitator of the Press Club Professional Development Workshop Series, a member of the Military Writers Society of America, the Nonfiction Authors Association, Lower Bucks Creative Writers and Hot Penz. She is an instructor at Delaware County Community College.
She is an outspoken advocate for the elderly who are often victimized and too embarrassed to report the crime, an advocate for all victims of crime (former board member for the Network of Victims Assistance [NOVA,] Pennsylvania’s largest comprehensive victim service organization. Doreen also works to raise awareness of and to end the stigma surrounding mental illness, suicide and homelessness.
She lives in Delaware County, Pa. just south of Philadelphia with her husband John.
Doreen and John have 5 grown children (2 more in heaven) and 13 grand children (their own little cult). Their lives are never boring.
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