It was fun to get the proof copy. It's much more real in print. Still, by the time I got the book in the mail, I had already rewritten the last chapter. I am much to close to this story so I've had a friend read it and make suggestions. She came back with an outline I found really helpful. I have one more friend reading it and hope to have it done and back for printing next week. It is not a masterpiece. However, I hope it's enough for all the kids to get a handle on the facts and provoke more thoughts and memories. This really is a never-ending-story.
I ordered two proof copies of the book and it should be here in a week or so. In the meantime, I started reviewing the PDF copy only to see errors. Where it should be 3rd person, it's written in 1st person. There is a spelling error. How did that happen?
My mother was a librarian and we were taught not to write in books. This will be a new adventure for me. I plan to save one copy but the other will be really messy when I'm done. I don't claim to be a great novelist but I do want the Gaulthair Children to be able to understand all of the facts, misinformation, and some of the reasons they were left behind. This is our gift to them.
Yesterday was exciting. We finally found the two letters Lydia wrote to Sophia and Pat about taking the baby. Included in the envelope was the letter Lydia gave Pat and Bill giving them permission to raise Gary and the note that Pat and Bill used to enroll Gary in school.
The back of the picture says "Lydia Gaulthier, Rickman, Powell, Montoya, Francis Montoya, Ricky Montoya. Taken at Grandma Kendall's house summer of '56."
In a different hand and ink color is written (after Montoya was Stump - Garcia)
We have had important information all along and it could have saved so much time. The picture gives the names of the men it took me almost a year to track down.
The letters are even more interesting and explains so much more on Lydia's thoughts. She made sure Ramon could not find Gary. She seemed mad because Ramon did not think Gary was his. That's funny since he is a clone of Ramon. The whole clock and dagger escapade is detailed in the letters. The letters have been scanned but not transcribed yet.
The letter is written in pencil and is difficult to read
I am much happier with the new organization of the book. It flows better and is easier to understand. Telling this story is difficult because there is the story of the children inside Lydia's story. I want to emphasize the adoption issue. Adoption is great but I truly believe the children should have access to the information.
This is NIles. He is our grandson and we adopted him. He still speaks with his parents frequently and there are not missing pieces in his life. He knows his parents, his history and his background.
He is one of the fortunate because we don't believe in secrets and think that every child should know his background. The whole purpose of the Gaulthair Children book is to find information for the kids who want to know where they came from and why.
This is now and will always be a voyage of discovery. You are welcome to join us on our journey.
Ann Eliese Hinds
We know a little about adoption. Gary was adopted but we also adopted our grandchild. It has added a whole new dimension to our lives.