Bonus Chapter

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Christmas

"My mom was an avid reader of Erma Bombeck and I, too, became a fan of her distinct voice and writing style. I haven’t come across such a style until I flipped through the pages of Judy L. Smith’s writing. It felt like I was coming home. It has been a long time since I laughed and cried (so much) over the contents of a single book!
~AAFES Salute To Your Service 
   

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE A (SUDDENLY) SINGLE GRANDMOTHER AND BOTH YOUR DAUGHTER AND SON-IN-LAW WERE SENT OFF TO WAR AT THE SAME TIME, LEAVING YOU AS PRIMARY CAREGIVER FOR YOUR 2-YEAR OLD GRANDSON??? YOU’D DO EXACTLY WHAT I DID…

 
REPORT FOR “DOODIE”!
 
So many events inspired this book…some happy, some frustrating, some sad…but all…life-changing.  My story starts with one incredibly funny incident that served as an epiphany to share my story. 

This was not the first time I was “Reporting for Doodie”, but it was the first time I was doing it all alone.  Or so I thought…I discovered a secret vault filled with friends I never knew I had.  Sadly, I also lost a few along the way.

I found myself in the midst of an unexpected divorce, facing the possible loss of my home and making a major career change, when someone, somewhere took a look at my proverbial “plate” and thought…”there’s a little corner of her plate that isn’t taken, she needs a toddler to care for…oh, and at the same time, let’s throw in a rarely-heard-of medical condition to make her life even more interesting”.
 
I hope you enjoy my account of how this beautiful child saved me from myself and how I used “The Secret” to channel the inner strength my mother gave me…all compliments of the U.S. Military.
  
 Great gift for grandparents raising grandchildren...very inspirational!
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