Former Rockford resident’s essay featured in ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’

Fathers and daughters have a unique connection that may seem like a love/hate relationship at times of conflict, especially when boyfriends are involved, but one of the strongest in the long run. Former Rockford resident and mystery author W.S. Gager has written an essay as a tribute to her father and grandfather for the latest “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book subtitled “Thanks Dad.”

Fomer Rockford resident Wendy Gager gives a copy of the latest “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad” book to her father, Ken Gager, who is a subject of an essay in the book.

“I found out they were looking for more entries to finish the book from a fellow writer. The story just popped in my head and I sent it off. The next thing I knew I was in the bonus section in the book,” said Wendy Gager who writes as W.S. Gager.

“Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad” is 101 stories of gratitude, love and good times compiled by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Wendy Walker with a foreword by Scot Hamilton, the 1984 Olympic gold figure skater.

Gager’s story is in the bonus section entitled “Purely Grand Dads” and details a story called “Running the Gauntlet” about her father’s and grandfather’s attempts at questioning would-be suitors at the embarrassment of others.

“My dad and grandpa were horrible if I ever invited a date home. I can look back now and laugh at it, but as a teen I was mortified,” Gager added. Her parents, Ken and Judy Gager, still live in Rockford. Sadly, her grandfather is now watching from above.

Gager lives in Fremont with her husband and two children. Her second book in the Mitch Malone Mystery Series, “A Case of the Accidental Intersection,” will be released this summer.

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