Driving Miss Norma: One Family's Journey Saying Yes to Living
- Publish Date: 2017-05-02
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Tim Bauerschmidt;Ramie Liddle
When Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she was advised to undergo surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But instead of confining herself to a hospital bed for what could be her last stay, Miss Normaânewly widowed after nearly seven decades of marriageârose to her full height of five feet and told her doctor, âIâm ninety years old. Iâm hitting the road.â
And so Miss Norma took off on an unforgettable around-the-country journey in a thirty-six-foot motor home with her retired son Tim, his wife Ramie, and their dog Ringo.
As this once timid woman says âyesâ to living in the face of death, she tries regional foods for the first time, reaches for the clouds in a hot air balloon, and mounts up for a horseback ride. With each passing mile (and one educational visit to a cannabis dispensary), Miss Normaâs health improves and conversations that had once been taboo begin to unfold. Norma, Tim, and Ramie bond in ways they had never done before, and their definitions of home, family, and friendship expand. Stop by stop, state by state, they meet countless people from all walks of lifeâstrangers who become fast friends and welcome them with kindness and open hearts.
Infused with this irrepressible nonagenarianâs wisdom, courage, and generous spirit, Driving Miss Norma is the charming, infectiously joyous chronicle of their experiences on the road. It portrays a transformative journey of living life on your own terms that shows us that it is never too late to begin an adventure, inspire hope, or become a trailblazer.