This week in Herstory: Tangles by Sarah Leavitt

Sarah Leavitt, via CCPA

Sarah Leavitt, via CCPA

Vancouver writer and cartoonist Sarah Leavitt always thought of her mother Midge as “powerful, protective, and joyous.” Educated at Radcliffe College, Miriam (Midge) Leavitt was a well-respected teacher living in Fredericton who designed the New Brunswick Kindergarten curriculum.

Then, in her early 50s, Midge developed Alzheimer’s disease. Sarah writes, “I knew that I had to record what was happening to her and to our family. I wanted to be able to look back over my notes and remember all the moments of craziness, beauty, and tragedy — and not lose any of them.” Leavitt filled a box with notes and sketches during her mother’s illness, which eventually became Tangles.

As my mother changed, I changed too, forced to reconsider my own identity as a daughter and as an adult and to recreate my relationship with my mother.

– Sarah Leavitt. Tangles: A Story about Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me. Calgary: Freehand Books, 2010; introduction

Excerpt from Tangles, via It's Nice That.

Excerpt from Tangles, via It’s Nice That.

Sources:
Leavitt, Sarah. “Author: I Dealt With Grief Through Writing and Drawing.” Huffington Post. May 4, 2012. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-leavitt/author-i-dealt-with-grief_b_1478864.html#s=941554
____. Email correspondence with SWCC, February 2013.
____. Tangles: A Story about Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me. Calgary: Freehand Books, 2010. http://www.sarahleavitt.com/tangles; http://www.freehand-books.com/books/tangles

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