- Paperback: 196 pages
- Publisher: MESabad (Oct. 27 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1775142302
- ISBN-13: 978-1775142300
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 354 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #440,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Camp Follower: One Army Brat's Story Paperback – Oct 27 2017
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About the Author
Michele is retired from careers as a Database Administrator, computer programmer, and lifeguard. She was born in Calgary, Alberta, but grew up on military bases in both Canada and Germany, and now lives with her retired Air Force husband of over 40 years, Don, in Aylmer, Québec. Besides her writing, she loves hiking, sports, music, and travelling. And family. A reader since her mother first tossed magazines in her crib, she still loves all kinds of books, and will continue writing as either herself, Michele Sabad, or as her author social media persona of Stevie Szabad. Follow Michele’s writing on her author website stevieszabad.com.
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make things interesting." So writes Canadian author Michele Sabad in the introduction to her first book Camp
Follower: One Army Brat's Story. Her first sixty years happened in Calgary, Edmonton and Cold Lake, AB;
Dortmund, Germany; Goose Bay, NL; Yorkton, SK; Kingston, Brantford and Petawawa, ON; and Aylmer,
QC. In her 194-page, four-part, big-print book we journey with her as army brat, airforce wife, hockey mom
and retiree. She lived in rented quarters on military bases, sometimes beside a runway, with her young mother,
sergeant/recreation director father and three younger brothers. With an easy style, detailed descriptions and sense
of joy in her craft she shares more than 40 short stories of her memories of moments along the way. One I loved
was, "The moon landing happened when we were in Goose Bay. July 20, 1969. Of course we didn't watch it on
TV but I remember it vividly. On such a pure black cloudless night in Labrador, the moon was brilliant. Although
only in waxing crescent phase that night, we could still see the outline of the whole moon against its fluorescent
quarter. My brothers and I imagined the men walking on it at that exact moment. We jumped up and down and
said we could see them." By age 18, Sabad was engaged to be married, worked four nights a week as a
lifeguard/swimming instructor and graduated from high school in the town of Petawawa as top student and
valedictorian. She tackled the problems of adjusting to the real world, finishing her education, helping her air force
husband get a degree, earning a living and raising a family. She had a very long, successful IT career as a systems
analyst with the Canadian government and then as a consultant. Thanks were due to a calculus course she
toughed out to "keep my options open," although the guidance counselor had advised her to drop it. Upon
retirement she and her husband bought something she had never had before: a house in a home town with the
possibility of relatives living nearby! At last, she lives amid a variety of people who may include the elderly, those
with special needs or, some day, grandchildren. Their two grown sons with their wives have also bought homes
in Aylmer, QC. Sabad likens her careful observations, faithful recording and perceptive comments on her
army-brat upbringing to a work of anthropology. The reader is enriched by the amount of information, number of
surprises and points of identification this delightful book contains. The camp following way of life is as old as
armies. It is pursued by about 10 million Americans (fewer Canadians) today. Yet, because of changes in society
and the military, what Sabad lived cannot ever be repeated. This book is far too good for you not to read it. I decorate it with five stars and
highly recommend it as a worthwhile, entertaining growing-up experience, whatever your age.