THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE, OHIO
How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less
By Terry Ryan
What a charming book!
Evelyn Ryan raised a family of ten - not a typo! - ten children. During the 1950's and 60s she helped support her family by entering contests and writing poetry which she sold to magazines and newspapers for a few dollars.
Leo Ryan worked every day, but managed to drink one-third of his paycheck. He spent his evenings in the kitchen listening to the radio and drinking while the rest of the family went outside to play or into the living room to do homework...anything to stay out of his way.
The family faced hard times, but the two times that they were almost put out of their home, Evelyn managed to win big...winning enough money to save them. Evelyn penned jingles and poems and told why she liked a specific product - in 25 words or less.
The one steady adult in the family, Evelyn managed to raise her children with love, laughter, and faith. One evening Leo walked into the living room and announced that what was wrong with Evelyn was that she laughed too much. Mom and the kids exchanged looks and then burst out laughing.