I'll Have Some of Yours: What my mother taught me about cookies, music, the outside, and her life inside a care home.

I'll Have Some of Yours: What my mother taught me about cookies, music, the outside, and her life inside a care home.

by Annette Januzzi Wick

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Overview

Annette Januzzi Wick longs to find the perfect care home for her proud, Italian mother, who is slipping further into dementia. In her memoir, Annette shares gripping truths about the mistakes she makes before ultimately finding a place where her mother develops a crush, heckles an Elvis impersonator, and magically bonds with her daughter through Frank Sinatra's songs. Whether she is breaking up a fight between her mother and the Easter Bunny, advocating for her mother to avoid a tracheotomy, or struggling to duplicate her mother's cookie recipes, Annette tries to balance the trials with the triumphs of being a daughter-and caregiver. But can she and her mother love without memory-or regret? I'll Have Some of Yours is for anyone who longs to move past being a caregiver to find a deeply human and humane connection with someone you love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780977485628
Publisher: Three Arch Press
Publication date: 01/01/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 1,096,023
File size: 1 MB

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue

I’ll Have Some of Yours

Mom Needs a Different Home

The First Step

“Sometimes I Think I Have That Disease...What Do They Call It?”

It’s Not About the Shoes

Mom Hates My Hair

My Mother’s Christmas Gift

Lessons After a Burglary

Moving Again

How to Get Out There

Finally, We Find the Right Place

What She Needed

A Different Kind of Parade

Nice and Easy Does It

A Prom Night to Remember

Trying to Go for a Drive

“Right There! Look at That One!”

A Scuffle with My Mother

Alive Inside

Baby Doll

Struggling to Be a Good Daughter

What Is Family? What Is Work?

Adventures at the Beauty Salon

Saying No

Don’t Mind Me, I’m Just the Daughter

Born to Run?

Raising Hell in the Hospital

Drama at Walgreens

Still Saving Her a Seat

What It Means to Be Good

Sometimes, All You Can Do Is Show Up (with Cookies)

The Ultimate Pizzelle Maker

Making Christmas Not so Blue

The Sacrament of Cookies

Unintended Consequences of Caring

Eating Soap

My Mother Has a Fight with the Easter Bunny

Cheering on Lives

Still Life with Jack

The Mystery of the Orange Fingers

A Pretty Good Team

Baby, You’re a Firework

A Long Way to Tipperary

Fight or Switch?

Becoming Vincenzella

Rocking Chair Reflection

A Meaningful Life?

My Mother’s Lists

What to Wear

"Mom Is Outside”

Epilogue

Unforgettable

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