ONLY PARENT by Louise Dickinson Rich


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With the sudden death, of a cerebral hemhorrage, of her husband eight years ago, when the children, Rufus and Dinah were 7 and 2, Mrs. Rich was confronted by the problem of raising them singlehanded. This is the story of her solo coping with the emergencies that arose (sudden appendectomy, for instance), the questions of friends and pets, summer vacations, the move from Maine to Massachusetts, and the innumerable daily crises of ordinary living. It is a litany of parental posers -- patience, understanding, humor, tolerance -- told with many a grimace and wry appreciation of the situations she walked into or was handed: it's a record of adjustments all along the line, from living in the woods to urban compactness and neighborliness, from promises not remembered to promises kept in spite of everything; it tallies the uphill job against the definite rewards and offers some hilarious moments of domestic devilments. Strictly the unsheltered life whose appeal has a readymade audience in the readers of her earlier We Took To The Woods, Happy Land, etc.

Pub Date: April 15th, 1953
Publisher: Lippincott