Meet author Harriet Hodgson.
She shared, “I taught for a dozen years and switched careers. For more than 36 years I’ve been a freelance non-fiction writer. My first books were for young children and, over the years, my work shifted to health and wellness. I’m the author of 33 published books; some long, some short, and all come from life experience.”
Harriet has suffered great loss.
She explained, “In 2007 four family members – my daughter, father-in-law, brother, and former son-in-law – all died. My daughter died from the injuries she received in a car crash. Two days later my father-in-law succumbed to pneumonia. Two months after that my brother and only sibling died of a heart attack. In the fall, my former son-in-law, father of my twin grandchildren, died from the injuries he received in another car crash. His death made my grandchildren orphans and my husband and me GRGs, an acronym for grandparents raising grandchildren.
My grandchildren suffered devastating losses – loss of their mother, their father, their dog (who was in the car with their Dad), loss of their home (we had to sell it), loss of their neighborhood when they moved in with us. Because I was a former teacher, I knew routine was important, and I think the routine gave some structure to lives that were without structure. Over time, the twins learned that we would help them, protect them, and love them. They both received college scholarships and have their eyes on future goals. We have learned to laugh together, a true achievement after all the tragedy.
The twins were 15 ½ years old when they moved in with us. Today, they are 21 years old, college seniors, and both on the Dean’s List.”
Harriet continued, “Caring for my grandkids and loving them more each day is one way I honor my loved ones. I’ve also created Action Memorials © -- ways to make my loved one’s positive traits part of my life. My daughter had a marvelous sense of humor and every time I laugh I think of laughter as a tribute to her. My father-in-law was one of the most ethical people I’ve ever known, so I stand up for ethics as I’ve never done before. My brother loved books and, in his memory, I serve on the board of the Friends of the Rochester, MN Public Library. My former son-in-law appreciated nature and, in his memory, I observe nature closely. Action Memorials © link me with family members every day.”