Taschenbuch, 270 pages
First Release: 06/22/2012
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Mom is doing fine. True Stories from the Life of a Daughter
They are continuous providers of endless fun, joy and comfort as well as personal shoppers and shopping assistants – daughters. With MOM IS DOING FINE, Laura Windmann delivers a humorous homage to the Janes-of-all-trades and maids-of-all-work and a book that deals in an affectionate, yet ironic manner with the issues of aging.
Laura Windmann is 42. She is in the driver’s seat of her life; she has a Hungarian husband who reads every wish from her eyes, a son who has left puberty behind, and an adorable dog. The family lives in a beautiful little timber-frame house in the vicinity of Hamburg. Everything would be perfect were it not for Laura’s mother, who is a senior and a widow demanding all attention for herself…
Laura’s plight is not an isolated case: Because it lies in the nature of a widow to be in a frame of mind and mood – depending on age and character – which is either positive or, as time goes by, increasingly negative. When it comes to her fellow men, she is either a source of joy, especially to her own children, by babysitting the grandkids, showering daughters and sons with gifts, and taking care of her own house or apartment without ever complaining, decorating the place as if she were still eager to make a perfect home for her husband. Or she is doing all that but mentions each and every allegedly selfless act, immediately and in a reproachful tone of voice. On a daily basis, the sons and even more the daughters of these “lonelies” get an earful about the fact that their mother is missing something – actually everything. Of course, what mother misses most is the attention of her children who never ever spend any time with her unless they go shopping with her or have coffee with her, watch TV with her or talk over the phone with her, cook for her or tend to her garden. Bottom line seems to be that the entertainment of the seniors is the true calling and duty of the children, regardless of whether or not these children have a job or children of their own that they need to take care of – not to mention that they might have the desire to spend at least a part of their spare time without Mom. In a nutshell: Mom turns the lives of her loved ones upside down driving them to the verge of insanity – and not just once in a while…
Exhilarating, terrifying but most of all true stories from the life of a daughter – with a twinkle in her eye, Laura Windmann describes what we can and have to expect from everyday life with an oldie.