The Precursors (of my mother’s Mental Illness)

My father’s oldest brother was named M.B. Lambert  but we knew him as ‘Wowie’ growing up. I thought this was because I couldn’t pronounce his name, but actually, it turns out that it was because my father couldn’t pronounce his name as a toddler and ‘Wowie’ stuck into adulthood.

Wowie was a volcanologist with the Canadian Geographical Survey. He wrote a book simply called ‘Volcanoes’ that had a pride of place in our house.

Mental Illness

I don’t know if my dad still has a copy, but I do as I discovered one at a garage sale years later, much to my surprised delight.

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