The nominees are:
ALICE IN WONDERLAND ~ by Lewis Carroll
STILL ALICE ~ by Lisa Genova
WHAT ALICE FORGOT ~ by Liane Moriarty
PUTTING ALICE BACK TOGETHER ~ by Carol Marinelli
ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE ~ starring Ellen Burstyn
ALICE WARNER ~ starring in No More Spitting
And the winner is (drum roll please): ALICE WARNER ~ affectionately known as Oma, mother of two, grandmother of four, great-grandmother of ten
For her starring role as mother of Jim Warner, the precocious, adorable 5-year-old boy she caught spitting. How did she respond? She seated him on the sofa, gave him a big bowl and said. “Fill it.” He spit and spit and spit, until his mouth was dry, and there was only about a tablespoon of spit in the bottom of the bowl.
He had to sit for a while longer and keep trying to spit. Did it break him of spitting? You betcha!
Here’s to my mother-in-law, whose son grew up to be the best husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, son-in-law, teacher, coach and overall wonderful man who to this day is a confirmed non-spitter.
You’ve been gone a dozen years, Oma, but we still miss you. If you were here and my mother wasn’t deep in dementia, the two of you would sit together, have a glass of iced tea, and enjoy all the antics—and the love—of your combined families.