Friday, August 25, 2017

Driving Miss Norma - Tim Bauerschmidt

This is a sweet memoir.  Tim and his wife have retired early, and sell up their home to travel in an airstream chasing the warm weather.  On a visit to see his parents, he realizes that his dad has become unwell, and declines rapidly.  As he is dying, his mother Miss Norma is diagnosed with uterine cancer.  Rather than conventional treatment of surgery, chemo and radiation, they offer to buy a larger RV and  pack up and take her on the road and show her America.

Using social media to document their journey, she becomes a celebrity getting invited to dinner and shows around the country.  It is though, the quiet moments, the new sights that meant more to me.  The chance to bond with her son that she rarely saw, and a chance to look at new sights.  I liked that it wasn't a bucket list thing, that they tried to just go with the flow and enjoy the dinners at diners, and sitting and looking at the view were important.   5/5


Fuzzy Tales said...

I followed them on FaceBook, after I had seen an online article on a news site about Norma. I thought she was a marvellous role model (unintentional, I'm sure) of facing and accepting death, and of making the absolute most of life while you could. They had grand adventures all over the country! Her passing was bittersweet for many.

John Bellen said...

What a wonderful idea. I wish more people were in a position to do that.