Here is a bouquet of stories, thoughts and memories. The stories in this, my most recent book, are part of me and part of people who profoundly influenced me. They traveled in and out of my life in different ways. I would have loved to have shared more time with some of them. Memories of people who have long since left this planet live on in my heart.
Yes, a thousand ‘Forget-me-nots” have crossed my path. .
Each story is independent of others; some are short, some are longer. The names of individuals have been changed where necessary to protect their privacy.
After a happy childhood in the country little Gila’s childhood was over when she was only eleven. Unbelievably gruesome experiences during the last stages of WW II and nearly dying from diphtheria during a three week “walk to nowhere” aged her before her time. Upon recovery from typhoid fever she took responsibility for her three siblings while her mother worked and also when she was hospitalized. Her father had been taken to Siberia and reported dead.
Gila’s intermittent schooling and subsequent dropout did not deter her from following her desire to become a PhysEd teacher. Success in kayak competitions were her joy. The division of Germany into East and West with its political ramifications caused her to escape to West Germany. Her indomitable spirit enabled her to fulfill an old dream. However, life as a traveling company representative as well as an unwanted affair made her life very stressful. Finally, a confrontation with a rapist led to the wish to go far, far away, to be “free”.
This is the story of just one family yet millions of women of all ages were raped. Asking these women about those horrors they would answer “We Don’t Talk About That”.
Also by Giselle Roeder:
Healing with Water – Kneipp-Hydroherapy at Home – 2002
Water can ease a variety of common conditions. This book shows the simple and effective techniques of Kneipp hydrotherapy and how to use this health treatment successfully at home.
Sauna – The Hottest Way to Good Health – 2002
Used by the Finns and others for centuries, the sauna is a way of deeply cleansing your body, improving your health and reducing stress.