Watching the Daisies is an extraordinary memoir of a woman’s life, starting with her childhood and moving step-by-step through her life to the present day.
I enjoyed learning about Brigid’s life growing up with her three siblings in Scotland and their wonderful holidays to visit relatives in Ireland. The devastating death of her Mother at a young age is very poignantly described in this book, together with the far-reaching impact of the loss of their Mother on the children and their Father. The descriptions of the scenery in Ireland are compelling and beautiful.
Brigid’s high school career paints a picture of an overachiever who finds herself ill-suited for her chosen career and takes the brave step of giving up her studies in favour of a path that is more suited to her personality and life needs. The background and detail around alternative medicine and the commitment and learning necessary to become an alternative healer are well described in the book and understandable to a novice. The areas of alternative medicine that Brigid becomes proficient in over years of study are colour healing, crystal and electro-crystal healing, reflexology, aromatherapy, nutritional medicine, counselling, spiritual healing, radionics, space clearing and Feng shui.
Brigid does well with identifying pivotal moments in her life, which all contribute to her becoming the woman she is at the current date. The anxiety and frustration of a failed marriage, early loss of a pregnancy and development of a chronic illness which is finally diagnosed as fibromyalgia and the impact on these events on her life and career are expressively conveyed. The reader is able to follow Brigid’s journey to find the best possible medical outcome for her symptoms and to celebrate her successes in researching more successful treatments and therapies.
There are also some interesting holiday experiences and interactions with other cultures and lifestyles and are depicted in the book. Brigid’s joys and happy moments are very relatable to the reader.