This story delves into the mind and heart of a little girl who lived in two different worlds - one, of her white-skinned privileged American missionary parents, and the other, of the brownskinned Indian people in whose country they worked and into which she was born.
The missionary lifestyle and the work of her parents are described through the eyes of the author, who spent all but 3 years of her childhood in India.
Tropical illnesses, a treacherous ocean voyage, and long separations from her parents were some of the things which this daughter of missionaries survived.
Living in America for three years during WWII opened up yet another world for this young girl - a world filled with wonderment and excitement, a world where her relatives lived and the place where many happy memories were created. But once back in India, America became a distant memory, a place she would not return to until she was sixteen years old. For seven intervening years she was sent away to yet another world - boarding school. It was here that she explored more than just books.
Take a journey into all the different worlds of this extraordinary childhood!
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About the Author
Being born and raised in India, Margaret realized early on that her childhood experience of growing up in a foreign country was very different from that of her contemporaries in America. Over the years, she was frequently reminded, through the curiosity and interest of strangers and friends, as well as family, that she might, indeed, have a unique story to tell. So, after a rewarding 40 year career in the field of hospital infection control and epidemiology - and during which time she raised her three lively sons - she turned her attentions to writing this memoir. A first time author, Ms Dopirak aspires to continue writing about her life-experiences and her family history.
Having traveled the equivalent of one and a half times around the world by the time she was sixteen, Margaret's appetite for seeing new sites and destinations continued throughout her life. During her retirement years, in particular, she has traveled extensively with her husband, Bill, who is also a seasoned traveler. (Bill spent 20 years in the Navy as a submariner, affording him the opportunity to visit Scotland, Spain, Italy, and Guam.) Together, Margaret and Bill especially enjoy taking road trips within the United States, and have driven Historic Route 66 twice, visited all 50 State Capitols, and toured more than 150 National Parks. Trips and or cruises to the Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Prince Edward Island and other Canadian destinations, Norway, and Europe have been among their international travel destinations.
Margaret is a grandmother to 12 grandchildren and a four-time great-grandmother. In keeping with writing her memoir, it is no surprise that she has an avid interest in genealogy, and has accumulated a wealth of family history which she hopes to pass on to her progeny and descendants.