"Who takes care of you, Miss Knicely while you're trying to be strong for your aunt? Who has your back?"
What a great question and one that we often overlook. In society we tend to focus on the lives of the ill and elderly and not on their caregivers. Lean on Me, through a work of fiction, gave great insight into the stress and toll it takes on those that care for their loved ones. Through the three sisters we are able to see the lengths and sacrifices that each make to care for their beloved aunt. There is an extra layer to the story thanks to one of Tabitha's neighbors. And, of course, there is some romance along the way!
This was my first time reading a book by Pat Simmons and I must say it was right on time. I have a friend whose mother is currently going through the stages of dementia and I have been struggling with how to provide the correct support. Lean on Me is an excellent depiction of what happens when we show grace, understanding, and what it means to simply be there for the folks we claim to care about. As stated above this was my first time reading Simmons' work but I truly look forward to reading more!