Chico Ridge Trail, Magalia, California

by | Sep 14, 2012

Sister Laura, service dog Scarlett, & Brother Steve – A break from hike…

Judy, Laura, & Steve enjoyed a great 5 miles hike along what is referred to  as the Chico Ridge  near Paradise, California.  Laura lives in the nearby town of Magalia next to the ridge looking over Chico Valley.

Laura was a big help to me in researching and writing my book.  She helped me tell the story of our Mother’s challenges during WWII and after in our childhood years.  Like so many spouses and mothers who waited in fear with little or no information on loved ones in the fight, the blessings and celebrations of homecoming were short lived.  The war was not over for the soldiers returning home to life after war.  A new fight and struggle would ensue,
helping loved ones transitioning back to civilian life.  Since little was known at that time about PTSD and moral injury each day of coping and living with a loved one returning home from war was all trial and error.  None of us had a clue why our home was so toxic and scary.  But with Mother’s toughness and perserverance we survived.   We now believe she loved us and tried to create a healthy and safe home.  It was nearly impossible at times.  We now honor Mother at the end of her life and pray for her peace of mind.

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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