Evergreen Parent and Author to Speak at Town Hall Seattle


Meet Caroline Wright, an author with a unique perspective on difficult conversations with kids


Caroline and Garth Wright are the parents of Henry (1), and Theodore, age four. 
Garth is an attorney with the Environmental Protection Agency, and Caroline is a writer—of food articles, blogs, three cookbooks and more. In August, her newest book, and a big change from food writing, was published: Lasting Love, a children's book about how love endures even after the loss of a parent. 

In 2017, Caroline was diagnosed with an aggressive form of terminal brain cancer. The family had a preschooler and a one-year-old and had recently moved to Seattle. It was a week before Caroline's 33rd birthday. Her doctors told her she probably had a year to live. 

From the beginning, throughout chemo and radiation and after, Caroline wrote daily and effusively, often in an online journal. Writing helped her process what she was going through; she recorded her thoughts, and feelings, and wrote updates for family and friends. But she always had her two young sons in mind. 

"I wanted them to know that I loved them so much," she said. 

She thought a lot about what to write to help her sons know her as a person, 
when they were older. She wrote about her perceptions of her treatment, and what and how she was feeling in every moment. She wanted to document the shape of her fighting for them, regardless of what happened after.
 
One morning, she had another idea, a way to help her own young children and also other families in similar situations. She and her husband had already been working hard to instill the idea of everlasting love in their children, but she came up with a way to present it in a story.
 
"This is the language I speak," she said. "I've always told stories; my writing's always been personal."
 
In Lasting Love, a parent's love appears personified as one of the characters: a magical creature, a warm and comforting presence who stays with the child, even after the parent dies. She initially self-published the book, which features illustrations by local artist Willow Heath, but soon Rodale Kids, a division of Random House, purchased it, and it was released this summer.  
 
 
Upcoming Event at Town Hall
 
On November 9, at 7:30 p.m., Caroline will head a panel discussion at Town Hall Seattle on "How to Talk to Kids About Death." It's intended not just for families with young children, but those with adolescents as well. Learn more here.
 
Caroline has now lived a year past her prognosis; she is currently cancer-free and feeling good. In addition to writing, she enjoys being part of the Evergreen community and volunteering in her son's 1st grade classroom, and she is at work on a new project too. She invites you to follow along with her blog, The Wright Recipes, and her monthly newsletter, both available on carolinewrightbooks.com
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On November 9, at 7:30 p.m., Caroline will head a panel discussion at Town Hall Seattle on "How to Talk to Kids About Death." It's intended not just for families with young children, but those with adolescents as well. Learn more here.
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