|About the Cover Art
Susan Murray Stokes, a Copley Master Portraitist, born in England and now living in Newbury, Massachusetts, is a dear friend who has asked me to sit for her. This illustration was made the year before my illness. Susan made the sketch in about one hour's time. I love sitting for Susan and having the time to visit with her. On that day, I was literally watching over Lindsay, then a toddler, as she played on the floor of Susan's studio. I think the image is one of true motherhood and somewhat evocative, perhaps the calm hinting of the storm to come.
In the early days at Spaulding Rehab, when I came to understand what had happened to me, one of the first things I remembered was finally having had the sketch framed and hanging it on the wall in Lindsay's nursery only weeks before I became ill. I was so grateful to Susan, because I knew that my young daughter had an image to remind her of her mother every day, during my long time away from her and Westy that year.
Wendy Chapin Ford