Linda L Franklin is a writer, “first/birthmother” of her son given up to adoption in 1964, clinical social worker and psychotherapist. She enjoys relationships with all her three sons, three granddaughters, husband, and special black cat, Ebony.
Her memoir, I’ll Always Carry You: A Mother’s Story of Adoption Loss, Grief, and Healing, was published this fall, 2019 and is now available on Amazon. You can also order it through the Amazon link on the Books page.
In her search and discovery, Linda learned that nothing can break the bond between a mother and her child. When she found herself pregnant and abandoned by her baby’s father and her family in 1964, she retreated to an unwed mothers’ home to give birth. “You’ll never see him again,” they told her as they took him away for adoption. For three and a half decades they were right. “You’ll forget and go on as if it never happened,” they promised.
Time passed, Linda married, had two more sons and became a psychological therapist. But when her youngest asked a life-changing question, she realized no mother forgets her baby.
In this powerful true story, Linda reveals her intensely personal experience in stepping through the door of her locked-away past. She revisits the era before the sexual revolution that today seems hard to believe, when the culture of the ‘50’s and early ‘60’s demanded girls like her redeem their shame by giving away their babies.
Along the way, the grief she buried in order to survive her traumatic separation explodes, refusing to be silenced any longer. Her body has never forgotten what she tried to erase from her mind. As Linda embarks on her journey to reconnect with lost family, she knows she must have the courage to face her pain in order to heal the broken young woman left behind the wall of shame and secrecy.