Love, Care and Share – “A Message For Us All”

Margie Herstad, Mother of Tom Herstad, Author of Love, Care and Share
                     Margie                 

 

It was a snowy Thursday night December 3rd 1975. Mary Margaret, known as “Margie” and her husband Gerry just finished dinner at a local restaurant. Gerry helped Margie into his new silver Monte Carlo on her side and made his way into the drivers seat. He just finished telling a joke and they were both laughing as he put the car into drive.  They pulled out of the parking lot onto a main road when she heard Gerry hiccup. His head hit the head rest and his foot floored the gas, he was in full cardiac arrest. Margie reached over grabbed the wheel, steered the car out of on-coming traffic, down a residential street and crashed the car into a house at the garage. Bricks fell and broke the front windshield as she kicked her door open and pulled her husband out of the car to start CPR. She tried desperately to save him.

She left the hospital that night a widow at thirty eight with four children. The grief of loosing the love of her life pushed her into depression. With all the chores completed and lunches made for the following day she descended down those stairs into the basement to play the music they shared. It was where she self-medicated with alcohol. It was as though she was dancing with a ghost. We all took turns coaxing her to bed. This went on for a three year period until she found AA all on her own. From that night forward she never touched another drop and she started changing the lives of oh so many.

She passed away in the summer of 2011 at the age of seventy three. Soon after Margie’s Memorial Service my sister, Julianne, and I discussed the number of people that spent time in our home. Mom always had room for someone who needed help, people who came across her path or her children’s path. Our spare bedroom was rarely empty. Our list totalled eighteen souls. It was then that we made the decision to go and find them for an interview. Keep in mind that these people spent time in our home from the late 70’s to the mid 1990’s and it was now 2011.  It took us three years to find these people and complete the interviews. Some of them also wrote us letters.

Her  “Message” is in every story.

“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to light the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” Madeleine L’Engle

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What people are saying about Love, Care and Share:

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All I can say is OMG!! I finally read the book here on vacation in Jamaica and am blown away. If I did not well up a half dozen times throughout reading it call me numb and dumb. Good thing I was sweating that helped hide wiping my tears. I wish I had the honour of meeting your mother. I feel reading the book she has touched my life. God bless for writing such a testimony to the wonderful woman and inspiration your mother was to so many people and what an inspiration she still is today in spirit.

Michael P

 

This book is more than a tribute. The layers of memories and testimonials are like a tapestry. Lots of moments reminding us to look up from our phones, make eye contact and help others. Margie was and is an angel touching every soul who reads this book.

Julie H

 

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Warmly,

Tom Herstad.

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    5. This book is more than a tribute. The layers of memories and testimonials are like a tapestry. Lots of moments reminding us to look up from our phones, make eye contact and help others. Margie was and is an angel touching every soul who reads this book.

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      1. We had a fantastic girls weekend and each woman that I gave a copy to was beyond thrilled. I couldn’t go to sleep last night until I finished it. What a wonderful tribute to an absolutely beautiful woman. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing Margie with us. As I read through the pages, I felt that Margie, as many of us are, was placed on earth as a sentinel to make a difference in as many people’s lives as we can. Margie’s gentle, loving, caring spirit lives on through the pages of your book.

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