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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-911239-1
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 426 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-911240-7
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 426 pages
  • Keywords
    • osteomyelitis,
    • personal memoir,
    • family memoir,
    • family relationships,
    • family bonds love,
    • family history story,
    • historical memoir

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Smile Because It Happened
A Memoir
by Margaret Jean Baptist

Smile Because It Happened is a story of the importance of family bonds and love in enriching the author’s life. The book begins with the author’s childhood bout with osteomyelitis- in her hip. Then she flips back in time to stories about her parents and grandparents before progressing to her childhood, followed by her marriage and their family stories. Most of pieces in the next section were written shortly after the events occurred, though they often invoked childhood memories. Letters to family members who have died are in an In Memory section. The author ends with a letter to her great-great-great grandchildren.

Margaret Jean (Putland) Baptist – Jean to family – was born and raised on a farm in Saskatchewan during the depression of the 1930s and the years of the Second World War. Contracting osteomyelitis at the age of eight was a life-threatening event that she survived to live a long and fulfilling life. Now 88 years young, she continues to live independently in her own home in Winnipeg.


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