Featured: You Have to Laugh to Keep from Crying by Charlotte Canion
In this book, you will find the permission to laugh, to cry, and to make mistakes when the time comes to parent your parents.
Up till now, you have dealt with life with grace and style, learning from the mistakes you’ve made along the way. You’ve raised your children and enjoyed a successful career.
Now, though, you face the challenge of a lifetime, one that may have you feeling like you’ve suddenly been tossed in the deep end of the pool.
Sometimes, parenting your parents can be an overwhelming task, one that has you struggling to keep your head above water.
In this book, you will find the permission to laugh, to cry, and to make mistakes.
You will also find the strength and encouragement to get up and repeat the cycle, all the tools you need to face the new challenge of parenting your parents!
Meet the Author:
Charlotte Canion is a multifaceted miracle: mother, sister, mentor, friend and has 18 grandchildren. She was born in a small town in Arkansas and grew up in Texas, where everything is bigger than life, including Charlotte.
Like her parents, Charlotte combines the most useful ideas from many different areas to help her excel. Her mom delivered strong Christian values from her own family background, and Charlotte’s father was a strong man with great resilience, especially since he lost his own mother when he was only two. Values and perseverance has served Charlotte well throughout her life.
Charlotte has bought and sold several businesses over the years, from a shop in a strip mall to managing twenty five women in the spokes modeling industry. Charlotte recently retired from a large corporation, where she worked in the Event Planning Department. Never to be one to just sit around, she is now the CEO of a startup business, intent on selling a product she invented. Charlotte is a creative writer who has penned and published several stories and poems.
Those who know Charlotte Canion view her as a goto-person, an individual they can turn to whenever there is a problem that needs solving. One of Charlotte’s passions is gardening, and as a certified Texas Master Gardener, she volunteers her time to teach gardening and has won many awards in the gardening arena.
Charlotte is very active in her church and local community and has served on many boards and associations as a member and president. She has faced many challenges, including personal experience assisting her own parents with dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, while battling cancer herself.
You Have to Laugh to Keep from Crying is a project that has lingered in Charlotte’s heart for many years. She is happy to share her experiences with the world and hopes that her stories might ease the pain that many will endure, tempering the most difficult times with laughter.
Review by Linda Thompson:
Only someone who has “been there, done that,” could write this book. As a former caregiver for my own mother, I saw so much of myself in what Charlotte writes. I love the quotes she uses in the companion workbook, but most of all, I love her common sense advice.
At some point, most of us will become, are, or have been, a parent to our parents. It is a job we never anticipated, asked for, or trained for and when we find a helpful resource like You Have to Laugh to Keep From Crying, we need to grab it, read it, then hang on for the ride; because yes, sometimes we do have to laugh to keep from crying.
We experience sadness, happiness, laughter, tears, love, resentment, and at the end grief, but we will never regret the time we spent with these people who gave us life, nourished and taught us, and most of all, gave us unconditional love.
Charlotte Canion has not only the experience needed, but the compassion to write a book that will help so many.