On this weeks show it’s my pleasure to welcome Laura Fahrenthold, author of the Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles. Laura and her husband, Mark Pittman were living their dream life in New York. They were both writers, Mark in the financial world for Bloomberg and Laura as a featured writer at Woman’s World. They were raising 8 and 10 year old daughters when the unthinkable happened, Mark suffered a fatal heart attack at home one night and passed away before their eyes.
Laura had no choice but to carry on. Marks congenital heart condition made insurance impossible for him to obtain so Laura was suddenly the only parent and principal bread winner as well. After months of watching the girls sinking in sadness she decided to take them on a summer camping trip away from the house where it all happened. Away from the spot where the medics worked to revive Mark. Away from the bedroom he passed away in. Away from the room mommy comforted them in. Laura thought that camping would move their minds from trauma to fun. That first tent camping trip led them to HaRVey, an old motor home looking for a family. The spontaneous purchase changed their lives.
The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles is not a book about widowhood and single parent survival tips. It’s a book of hope and humor and overcoming your fears. Laura and her daughters eventually took HaRVey across the country leaving Marks ashes in his favorite places, places he would have wanted to see and going full circle and finishing up in his hometown in Kansas. The stories along the way are funny and poignant but mostly full of love.
Laura is now on her book tour in HaRVey and is teaching her daughter to drive him. Their adventures continue and a new generation takes the wheel. Tune in to hear Laura’s story of inspiration and determination.