Who Will Accompany You?
My Mother-Daughter Journeys Far from Home and Close to the Heart
by Meg Stafford
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Pub Date 31 May 2022 | Archive Date 15 Jul 2022
Greenleaf Audiobooks, River Grove Books
Award-winning memoirist Meg Stafford has an adventurous spirit, and this time she takes us along for the ride. When her daughters venture into terra incognita—one of them meditating in the Himalayas and the other negotiating with the Colombian military—Stafford decides to go too. In the process, she reflects on her own lifetime of wanderlust and what it means for a parent to love and to let go. Generous, insightful, and deeply funny, Stafford is the ideal tour guide for a journey as big as the world and as intimate as the human heart.
“So profoundly moving, so beautifully crafted, so brave . . . A story about being true to oneself. Stafford brings all of herself to the reader as she shares her fears, doubts, triumphs, excitement, and love of life. This book is 100% authentic—because it is so human, so real.”
—Susan Frankl, MD, Harvard Medical School
“A road map for parenting adventurous adults . . . Stafford asks all the right questions: Where are we headed in life? Who will come with us on the journey? How do we hold our children close while allowing them the freedom to grow? The most touching part: She doesn’t hide the struggle as she tries (with love and curiosity and humor) to find the answers.”
—Fran Booth, LICSW, trainer, Internal Family Systems
“Meg and her daughters’ prose put me right there: trekking in Nepal or bouncing on the bus in remote Colombia. With humor and so much heart, this is more than a travel story; it’s the story of letting go and watching your children fly.”
—Kathleen Klofft, Travel Educator and Editor of GoSeeItTravel.com
“So profoundly moving, so beautifully crafted, so brave. This is a story about being true to oneself. Stafford brings all of herself to the reader as she shares her fears, doubts, triumphs, excitement, and love of life. This book is 100% authentic—because it is so human, so real.”
—Susan Frankl, MD, Harvard Medical School
“A road map for parenting adventurous adults. Stafford asks all the right questions: Where are we headed in life? Who will come with us on the journey? How do we hold our children close while allowing them the freedom to grow? The most touching part: She doesn’t hide the struggle as she tries (with love, curiosity, and humor) to find the answers.”
—Fran Booth, LICSW Trainer, Internal Family Systems
“Meg is an accomplished therapist, memoirist, and organizational consultant. Now with Who Will Accompany You?, her second memoir, Meg illuminates how there may be no greater test in parenting than trekking around the globe with your adult daughters. While she will always be Mom, this is a delightful masterclass in auditioning one another as adult fellow travelers. A humor-filled and colorful triumph! The voices of Meg, Kate, and Gale are distinct, while their love, humor, and trust are the bungee cords holding these three together, supple and strong.”
—Mark Gianino, PhD, MSW, Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University School of Social Work
“I can’t stop talking about this book! Its touching anecdotes and descriptions of unusual places keep finding their way into my conversation. From exotic or risky parts of the world, Meg Stafford’s courageous daughters meld awareness, service, and international adventure at such young ages. Shepherded by the keen awareness of a mom who supports their global journeys, Who Will Accompany You? speaks to many angles of staying true to our own paths. I adore the rotating voices and perspectives of a mother and two daughters, woven together by a warm, golden thread of rich spirituality and love. This book will stay with you. Don’t miss it.”
—Shawn Mahshie, Thought Leader & Happiness Coach, Author of The Spark of Self-Love and the upcoming Self-Solidarity Solution
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Meg Stafford has accompanied her daughters on two very different trips and learned so much more about her daughters and herself than she thought she would. I loved seeing the trips from their points of view: in Nepal with her younger daughter, it felt like how I would have seen things in my younger days, when I was open to every experience and accepted everything at face value; then through her eyes, a mother and older woman who may not be as comfortable sleeping on floors or in sleeping bags but embraces it all. Then with her other daughter in Colombia, meeting with military leaders, and seeing that she’s raised a more-than-competent, confident young woman who can navigate her own way in the world. This was such a fascinating and wonderful adventure to share with them.
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