The Rocker

Two lives were wrapped in love and shared memories. When her husband dies, the old woman sits rocking, remembering the times they spent together, building memories of love and laughter around the old rocking chair. Now she waits patiently for death, to rejoin her beloved. Her days and nights are spent waiting and rocking. The rocker cradles her tenderly, its wood sighs as her time nears. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781476155623
About DL Goddard

My name is Debs Goddard, I have wanted to write for as long as I can remember and would write short stories and poetry for my own and my children’s entertainment. I met my husband Ian when I was nineteen and in a bike gang. Ian asked me to marry him the morning of the third day after we’d met and I said yes. We were married eight months later. I was diagnosed with cancer for my 23rd birthday and again at my 39th birthday. In between this time, we managed to have three lovely children that I treasure. From the time I had cancer at 23 my husband, who was working as a nurse then, looked after me and became a dad who did everything. He cooked, cleaned, and worked very hard keep our family together. I was in terrible pain and he was the best husband and shoulder to cry on I could ever have had. He went back to school during this time, and then to university to become a teacher, and studied for four years to achieve this aim thinking it would provide a better future for our family. In the next ten years, I was in and out of hospital getting surgery twice a year, but sometimes ending up in hospital five or six times a year depending on how badly my body reacted after each surgery. No matter what happened, my darling was there for us. I had never dreamed of having a support like Ian, especially as sometimes he had to work during the day as well as at night while still being the house hubby we needed. I have been happily married for 30yrs now and we are still going strong. As time passed and I gave up the wheelchair because five years ago I was able to begin walking again, and getting healthy enough to do things for myself. During my time of illness, there wasn’t much I could do, but I had worked as a commission artist for the entire time Ian was looking after us. I am a self-taught artist and I wanted to illustrate my own stories, or adult fantasy or even children’s books, but I always wanted to put two things I am passionate about together to be able to achieve what I have always wanted to do. This has been my dream for my whole life, because for twenty seven years I have been in constant chronic pain as a result of my illness and my surgery. I am on a lot of heavy painkillers to keep me up and moving; for the first time in too many years, I am able to do something I have always wanted. So I hope you enjoy it. I just want someone to give me a chance to follow my dreams.

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