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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your stories. You have such strength and have touched my heart. I watched the whole Maid series on Netflix and it is phenomenal.

    1. I watched the Maid series on Netflix. I was immediately hooked. The strength and survival skills of this young woman truly admirable. The true story itself is phenomenal but Andi McDowell’s powerful performance should win her an Emmy.

      1. I must add that your own very personal stories of your past, Brenda, are an honor to read. I knew you were strong when I first read your blog from back in Texas. Thank you for continuing to write so beautifully and share your journey with us.

  2. I remember every word you ever shared about your life. If you don’t write your autobiography, the world, and your grandchildren, will miss out on a memorable life story.

  3. Brenda, thank you for talking about your past. I know it’s not easy, putting yourself out there, and being so vulnerable, but I really feel like you touch so many lives and offer so much help and peace to people when you do. I’m so sorry for all your hardships, but they helped make you the wonderful person you are today. I really love these stories of your childhood and of course your sweet kitties. Thank you for opening up and sharing your life with us.

  4. Thank you for sharing your struggles. I feel a kinship with you not in the same struggles you have experienced but in other struggles. I am so glad you have your four-legged family. I too have two adorable cats and live in an apartment. I think we are close to the same age too. I look forward to your posts every day.

  5. Brenda, I have heard/read a few of your stories before and today as I did now I think of your strength and courage, not to mention love for your daughter. You are an amazing lady and you are absolutely correct in all of your statements, people do not want to see “the help.”

    I’ve not read the book nor seen the tv show but I have heard they are both good.

  6. I agree with both comments of desperation and experiencing economic uncertainty which many in this country have not been through. I can’t imagine even fearing for your own safety going to school at young ages let alone surviving with a child. Brenda – you would have made a wonderful social worker with your own life experiences.

    1. Yes I agree. We cannot predict our futures either. When I see young mothers shopping at grocery stores with 3, 4 & even 5 children, or expecting another, I have no idea how they do it. Really! There’s no way I could ever parent so many young lives in these rough times. Very sorry Brenda that you had such a traumatic childhood. As a very loving person, your girls and grands are fortunate to have you. I also think you’d be an excellent social worker.
      Let us know about the book. A few details maybe.

  7. You could write a book on your own experience. I did not read the book but did start to watch the series made from the book. It is amazing what someone that is so desperate but loves their child so much what they will go through to keep alive and provide for basic needs of her child. It give us all hope that when there is love and a will to survive good things can come out of bad. Enjoy the book.

  8. If everyone had to experience a period of economic uncertainty, when the roof, food, transportation, we depend on wasn’t there, I think we’d live in a much better and certainly kinder society.

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