About the Author: Dedeth Ford
I was born and raised in a small village in the Philippines, where farming was our way of life. I knew what an honest, hard days work was. The hot sunny days spent in the field were necessary in order to have food on the table for our entire family. We planted rice in a muddy field, cooked our food using firewood, washed our clothes by hand, and we had no indoor plumbing; we would have to walk a long distance to get our drinking water. It was a hard life.
Born on July 13, 1959 in Kagawasan, San Miguel, Bohol, Philippines as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patricio Refugio. I have three brothers and one sister who passed away. I also have bundles of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, and other relatives that are happily living in the Philippines. I consider the friendly people in my village as a part of my family, too.
I was a working student also being supported by my parents. On March 21, 1981 I graduated from college with my Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at Bohol Agricultural College in Bilar, Bohol, Philippines. I worked in Reforestation after graduating from college and the managed my uncles dry goods business for two years.
My life totally changed in the year of 1987 when Patrick Ford dropped a lovely letter in his mail box in the United States of America to be sent to the other side of the world – my village in Mahayag, San Miguel, Bohol, Philippines. On February 13, 1988 we joined hands.
I came to the U.S. June 17, 1988 with Patrick and lived in Colorado for six years. I worked in a dental office, and while working I took English classes to improve my speech of the language. On August 27, 1992, I became a loving mother of Phaedra Felice Ford.
I became an American citizen February 26, 1993 and year later in July we moved to Florida. Then on July 15, 2006 I earned a Pharmacy Technician degree from Penn Foster Career School through online classes.
Currently I am working as a dental assistant in Port Charlotte, FL and have been for 23 years. I love to read books, listen to music, and watch movies. A few of my favorite movies are The Good Bad and the Ugly, Shawshank Redemption, and James Bond films (Sean Connery). I am an excellent tennis player and am learning how to play the piano. I have two dogs, Chiisai and Pancho, and one cat, Sarah Po De Rose, who is 16 years old.
I am focusing on my daughter's (Phaedra) education. I love you my Pooh-Poo-do. I live a simple life and most importantly, living a healthy life.