A Barefoot Life

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Createspace Independent Pub, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 292 pages
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A Barefoot Life is a memoir which speaks to us about how the author celebrates living by recognizing that we are all exposed to the good times and the bad times. When her parents are told to institutionalize their baby daughter, do they take the easy road or the challenging road? When homicides claim three young family members in one single day, what coping skills kick in? When a fifteen-year–old daughter becomes pregnant, sneaks away to marry and quits school, can words make a difference? In her own starkly honest words we learn how the author, her biological family, and her fifty-year marriage have survived and thrived. She recognizes that we are living in the good old days of tomorrow. She cooked on a wood stove, heated irons over an open fire on wash day, and cleaned coal oil lamp chimneys on Saturdays. The movie (not movies) was a dime.A little Kentucky river town helped raise her until she started a new life with a boy across the river. The travel logs included in this book take the readers through the United States and Canada. The logs present a humorous, sometimes insightful picture of married life, and they share her love for our God and our Land.

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About the author (2011)

A Barefoot Life is a loving presentation of my experiences of sixty-five years, as I remember them. Growing up in beautiful Kentucky meant that I could shed my shoes in May and seldom don them again until September. Yes, I stepped on stones, splinters, bugs, and nails. However, I raced through cool, soft dust on a shady lane; I waded through squishy, muddy puddles provided for me by a sudden summer shower. I watched as wandering wooly worms tiptoed across my foot. I dangled bare feet in Green River and giggled as tiny fish gently nipped and scurried about. Therefore, life handed me the good and the bad. Writing helps me to be happy and peaceful in my heart. Memories, such as a policeman rocking me to sleep because my parents were bearing the unbelievable grief of losing three sons in one day, chip away at that peace and happiness. But, a higher power always soothes my wounds.BIOGRAPHY: Ardoth Hardin Wilkerson is a retired English/Writing teacher. She and her husband, Tommy, celebrated fifty years of marriage in January 2011. They spend the winter months in LaBelle, Florida. In the summer they travel back to Kentucky where both were born and lived most of their lives. Their two sons, Tom Jr. and Rodney, live in Kentucky and have presented them with seven grandchildren: Ryan, Matthew, Lauren, Nick, Anthony, Tyler, and Alex. After visiting with family and friends, they climb aboard their RV to head for more adventures across the US, Canada, and Mexico.

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