Dances with my Father

Dances with my Father

by Wendy Alexander


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It's sobering how the word cancer brings a fiercely busy, non-negotiable schedule to a very quick halt.
We all hope and pray cancer won't come knocking at our door, but cancer doesn't discriminate and doesn't care if we're too busy to deal with it.
On top of a busy life and full time work, single mum, Wendy must deal with her father's illness. She's not ready to accept her father's mortality; especially not when he's been the epitome of health and strength.
Grasping for answers she journeys inward using a familiar tool, writing, which has been her constant counsel throughout her life. A self-imposed 30-day deadline adds urgency for her to document 'the stuff' that plagues her thoughts and weighs heavily on her spirit. She's yet to dance with her father at her wedding (since she's never married) and this is a pill she cannot swallow. So she starts to dance with her father through her memories of his life and relationship with him.
The discovery of an 'ordinary man' who did every day things in extraordinary ways and thus contributed to his family, friends and community in profound ways helps her realize that a life well lived can and always will outshine the doom of death's clutches.
Dances with my father is a heart-warming tribute to an ordinary yet remarkable man. A man who has passed on life's great lessons to his headstrong daughter and whose greatest legacy to his loved ones is to live life his way, on his terms and without apology. It is a tender account of a father-daughter relationship with all its challenges and triumphs and ultimately bonded in a deep and respectful love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781456559359
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Pages: 106
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

Wendy Alexander is a wordsmith, passionate storyteller and avid reader. She has been in love with words since her father made them come alive for her as a young child through bedtime stories and reading the classics like Dickens, Shakespeare and Austin with her.
One of the ways she escaped the harsh realities of life as a woman of colour through the darkest years of Apartheid in South Africa was to disappear into literature. She has been writing since the age of six.
A finalist in the 2012 Hay House Insights Writing Competition and author of two non-fiction books about family, relationships, cultural ties and life lessons, Wendy continues her love affair with words every day through daily journaling, resume writing, presentations and fiction writing through two Young Adult novels she is currently progressing.
She is a keen blogger at where she pens her regular musings about life, writing and travel.

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