I think we can agree that all families have stories………some might be tall tales that one might question, others might be more subtle and understated. Some stories may show pride in ancestral heritage and others might be silenced by shame, misunderstanding or the inability to speak the unspeakable. Children in these families are often kept in the dark so they listen in on whispered conversations, sometimes in foreign tongues, seeking to make sense of the unsaid and creating meaning and understanding for themselves as they navigate the family landscape.
My guest this week on KOWS Wise Woman Storytime, Frieda Ferrick grew up in such a family – where the past was unspoken and the stories eventually unwoven, although perhaps never completely revealed.
A child of Holocaust survivors, Frieda slowly wove the threads of her parents earlier years together. It’s taken her years to piece her father and mothers story together and she still is exploring its impact on the people closest to her, the ones she never knew, the generations to follow and herself.
In this week’s show, Frieda reflects on her most recently completed book. Following Stories My Family Could Not Tell and Stories I Must Tell You, her third book in this trilogy offers us all a path to finding connection, optimism, and bravery during this and other turbulent times. Stories of Love, Hope and Courage has never been more relevant and important.
You can find out more about Frieda and purchase her books at friedaferrickpoetry.com and listen to her story below……
By Roberta Teller