“Because I said so.”
It’s the answer that rolls off the tongues of mamas from all over. In Because I Said So, veteran mama Annie Oeth tells of the worries, laughter and sheer terror of being a mother. Trips to the emergency room, college graduations and the dangerous combination of teenagers and fireworks are all fair game in this romp through southern motherhood. Spilling the (jelly)beans on Easter egg hunts, Santa Claus and frogs in mailboxes, Annie Oeth writes of life, love and raising children while hanging on to her sense of humor.
From stories of laughter to tales of tears shed, she remembers her own growing-up years in small-town Mississippi, her parents’ 44-year romance and her own children’s travels on their way to adulthood, crafting stories that will touch hearts and funny bones.
Every mom has uttered these three word at least a 100 times. This book was a fun, engaging and heart warming read. The stories that the author tells about her family and her kids are stories that every mom. or dad, can relate to in one way or another. There were plenty of funny, laugh out loud stories, but there were also some really heart warming and touching stories that will bring a mist to your eye. The author talks about her own childhood growing up in a small town, and how that impacted hers and her children’s lives growing up. There are stories about the dreaded point when a child realizes Santa may not be real, and tales about acceptable behavior in church. There’s a wide range of experiences shared in this book and I loved every page of it! I read this book pretty quick because it was so easy to read and I enjoyed the way the authors voice came through in every chapter. I highly recommend this book. A big 5/5!
About the Author
A small-town Mississippi girl grows up, snatches a magnolia during her college graduation, and sets out to be a writer, newspaper editor and mama. Annie Oeth has done all three—and lived to tell the tale.
A native of West Point, Mississippi, Oeth began writing from her front porch swing when she wasn’t climbing trees and drawing. She is a graduate of Mississippi University for Women, embarking on a journalism career and motherhood soon after.
In 1996, she moved from Mississippi’s smallest daily newspaper, The Daily Times Leader in West Point, to the state’s largest, The Clarion-Ledger, in Jackson. Starting as an assistant metro editor, Oeth moved to editing a family of non daily publications before returning to the daily product as features editor in 2012. She’s been writing about family and fun for The Clarion-Ledger and in The Mom Zone blog ever since.