Meet Bebe. She crochets (click here for her link), does photo cards, paints and colors. She is also the most wonderful friend anyone could want. I tell her everything and she doesn't think I'm emotional, or gross, or insane, and she never judges me. We are what one could call Facebook friends though we've known each other since high school, but I live on the West Coast and she lives on the East Coast. We chat and/or message each other just about every day. When my mother-in-law passed on she was the one I turned to. She is a fabulous artist, makes the BEST crocheted gloves, hats, and scarfs, and I don't know what I would do without her.
Thank you Bebe!
This is Betty Dawe, Bettysue's mother or Oba as she is affectionately known. Both Bettysue and Betty are two of the bravest women I know. I dedicated my book, Innocent Blood to them. No one deserves it more. I hope to see them both someday so I can hug them tight and tell them how wonderful they are.
Betty met her soon-to-be husband in Nagasaki Japan. And while that alone is pretty awesome considering the times, she gave the world Bettysue and then another child, a boy, Bettysue's brother. He didn't make it through the sixties and seventies. Just knowing Betty and Bettysue I am sure he gave everything he had, but sometimes getting clean can become an insurmountable goal. I know he loved them both very much and I know they miss him terribly. I wish to God I could make it better for them, but I can't. The only hope there is, is that he is waiting for them on the other side.
I am one of the lucky ones. My son survived his addiction. Like most addicts it didn't happen the first time around. It took something else before he understood what was going on in his life. It took a revelation that the one person he had spent his whole life trying to save was none other than himself. You would have to know his entire story before than sentence made sense, still, it is the truth.
While Innocent Blood is fiction I did try to use some of the experiences I went though. After my son gives his testimony next month I plan on bringing Innocent Blood to life in a more meaningful way. In the meantime, his father and I are so proud of him. But it took the loss of everything he had before he turned his life around.
So stay tuned for more on Innocent Blood.