In November I got to attend the funeral of Susan Thompson, a former client of Legacy Books. Susan first called me four years ago, she was responding to an ad we had placed in a regional magazine. I learned she wanted our help to write her life story, but that she wouldn’t be a regular case, because she wasn’t leading a regular life.
A couple days later I met Susan and learned why she was unique: she was born with spina bifida, and it was a major obstacle in all she did. While the story of her physical handicap was told, I was most touched by the message she shared about her family.
From Susan’s book: “In my family there were no excuses, no entitlements and no allowance for the woe-is-me attitude. We were all forging ahead with our lives. We learned to push through the difficulties to reach the possibilities. Now, I realize what a blessing and gift it is to be optimistic and be able to forget the hard things . . . Mother saw in me, not the disability, but the ability and the possibilities. She was often criticized for not pampering me. She poured into me a transfusion of confidence in myself, that I could have a normal life and cope with whatever spilled out in front of me.”
In the face of a lifelong handicap, Susan praised the way her parents, grandparents, and siblings treated her. Upon thinking of Susan’s life and her funeral, I was joyed to have been able to help her tell the story of her life, and intertwine the wisdom gained and practiced over the decades in the Thompson family. When the book was quoted and shown at Susan’s funeral, I felt great satisfaction in this great work we’re involved in.
Susan’s book also touches on her music teaching career, her days in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and is complete with family history charts and pedigrees. If you’d like to read her book, Legacy Books has provided a way for you to purchase it: Singing My Own Song. The proceeds go Primary Children’s Hospital, where Susan was a regular as a child.
Thanks Susan! We appreciate you letting Legacy Books help you on the journey to write you and your family’s story. We appreciate all of you who have also commissioned us to help you share your great family legacies!
President, Legacy Books