In this true story, The Daughter’s a Farmer, we view the journey of a mother and a daughter moving gradually toward mutual understanding and respect for each other’s world perspectives and life choices, and see lessons learned and insights gained that surprised them both. The Mother and The Daughter, different in many ways, find their common ground in the values they share and the strength they possess. By choosing to use the generic terms, “The Mother” and “The Daughter,” the author underscores the universality of the themes so brilliantly illuminated in this fine and touching essay.
The compilation of holiday letters, warm, wise, and hilarious, is evidence that Erma Bombeck or perhaps a literary clone, is alive and well in upstate New York. For anyone who has a knee-jerk negative reaction to holiday letters I recommend reading the no-holds-barred true stories about raising children and animals on a farm. Far from being the all-sunshine-and-light chronicles of the accomplishments and exotic adventures of perfect families, each member of her farm family, beautiful, smart, and brave, these accounts are honest tales of real people dealing with such issues as the family dog (a guide dog reject) overdosing on corncobs or a teenage daughter learning to drive. The humor The Daughter finds in every day events and the family’s love for their land, their animals, and for each other shines brightly throughout each mini-masterpiece. If there were a Pulitzer category for holiday letters, these would win.
About the Author
She was in charge of outpatient addiction recovery programs in a psychiatric hospital clinic and served as executive director of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of Kern County, a collaborative organization that addressed high infant mortality and morbidity in California's Central Valley. She also was project director for a federal CSAP collaborative grant for Kern County and worked as a consultant for California Women's Commission on Addictions providing trainings and technical assistance both in Kern and Orange Counties. She was past President of Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter's Friends Board and a representative for seven central California counties to the Governor's task force on addiction. She also supervised substance abuse treatment programs for Native Americans and for people with developmental disabilities.
Freda is married to Ralph Warrington, a retired project manager for Shell Oil company. They have two children and six grandchildren.
For further information, please go to: www.fredaSwarrington.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book! As a daughter and a mother of a daughter, I know a little bit about these relationships! Ms Warrington has given us The Mother and The Daughter to give us a specific yet universal picture of this sometimes complicated relationship. I enjoyed having the two sections, one from each “side”. I love the Christmas Letters! What a wonderful way to record the joys and trials of having children! And animals! And a husband! To be honest, I must admit that I have known this mother and this daughter for almost 50 years and admire both of them greatly. Buy the book and enjoy every page!