Sitting Swing

Sitting Swing

by Irene Watson

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ISBN-13: 9781891386497
Publisher: Plain View Press
Publication date: 01/01/2006
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.33(d)

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The Sitting Swing 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
April 9, 2007 The Sitting Swing is an encouraging and inspiring story of one person¿s experiences of growing up that rings true for most of us who have had similar, if not the same kind of story to tell of the kind of childhood abuse that programmed us to think that we are victims who are powerless and helpless to do anything about our external circumstances. Being raised by a controlling mother and an absent father, whether it be emotionally absent or physically absent is more common than not. Few of us have been raised or treated like the children we grew up with on television¿s ¿Father Knows Best,¿ or the ¿Donna Reed Show.¿ The difference between Irene and us, however, is that she had the courage to share her reality with the world in this inspiring story, and did it in such a balanced way that both our emotional and intellectual minds can easily relate and comprehend to the kind of damage that can be done to us while growing up. What I loved the most about The Sitting Swing was that Irene Watson teaches us how we all can take power over our programmed feelings of helplessness, and with love and understanding we too can come to terms with ourselves and go on to lead happy and healthy lives. If you love a good ending, you will love this book! Judy Azar LeBlanc Award Winning Author Many Faces to Many Places Things My Father Never Taught Me The Compromise The Unveiling
Guest More than 1 year ago
Irene Watson's work as a therapist could go no further until she faced her own past. Her poignant and inspiring memoir begins at the end, in a recovery center, where she has gone to understand a childhood fraught with abuse, guilt and uncertainty. Her powerful story is a testament that it¿s never too late to change your life, never too late to heal. The Sitting Swing was a rope swing, hung from a tree next to the tiny cottage her Russian immigrant father built by hand from hand milled logs and mud in the Northern Canada in the early 20th century. Any motion at all would smash the child into a vigorous rose bush. It was a sitting swing in a family not given to play, in a childhood stretched between two very different cultures. Irene was born into a tight Ukrainian speaking community and a family struggling with guilt, shame, and grief over the death of a first born child¿a son. The old world immigrant culture placed much of the blame for Irene's brothers death on her mother, causing her to hold her next child close to home, segregated from the new culture, victim to the blunt aggression of male cousins, and scornful townspeople. The Sitting Swing shows us how guilt, fear and ignorance are borne by our children. Two distinct parts of the book look at an abusive child rearing and the process of recovery that takes place years later. On many levels this is a classic immigrant story showing us that change, growth, forgiveness and recovery are possible. It is also a heart warming healing story and a testament to the strength and courage of the human spirit.