Patricia Thompson Collamer was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She is a teacher, plays Celtic harp and piano, runs, and hikes. She lives near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband, their overly sensitive dog Wilson, and three ultra independent cats.

Grace, a model post WWII housewife, managed her five children and assorted pets with a hyper-observant eye for perfection. Decades later she suffers a debilitating stroke.
In this heart-breaking yet spirit-mending memoir, Collamer contrasts the nostalgia of 1960s preteen life with an unstable future after the stroke. When daughter becomes caregiver, advocate, and friend, the process of growing up begins.