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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
As we are growing both physically and mentally, we always need someone in our lives to help us to transition through each stage of life. Sissel was that for Lina. In the short story Catch Me When I Fall by Ceanmohrlass, Lina adored her dad, Karl, but the person who was instrumental in her life was Sissel, her grandmother. Lina felt estranged from her mother, Anna, which was the same type of relationship that Anna had with her own mother, Sissel. As the relationship between Sissel and Lina began to develop and grow strong, Sissel suddenly passed away, leaving Lina distraught. In Sissel’s will she left a special gift for Lina, a trunk with a diary that held the secrets of Sissel’s life. The diary was a way for Sissel and Lina to still be able to connect. This trunk provided Lina with more information that she could ever imagine about life, love and decisions.
Catch Me When I Fall by Ceanmohrlass is a beautifully written story because it reminded me of the challenges of interpersonal relationships. Within these three generational cycles, each female had an essence of self-discovery at which time levels of becoming stagnant or growth occurs. With Lina receiving the trunk and diary from Sissel, she was able to discover more in-depth knowledge of how things transpired between her mother and grandmother which caused them to be at odds and estranged. Because of Sissel, Lina was able to begin to see her mother in a different light and respect her for the person that she was, not only as a mother but as a person who also had flaws. If you are looking for a beautiful short story, get a copy of Catch Me When I Fall by Ceanmohrlass - you may be able to see some things about your own family generational cycle.