The Rangity Tango Kids is the story of a bunch of happy and rowdy kids growing up on a farm in northern California, surrounded by our aunts and uncles, great-aunts and uncles, parents and grandparents. It was a wonderful life and we all stuck together, put our arms around each other and took care of one another.
We all worked in the fields at a young age, pulling stickers, irrigating, driving tractors and harvesters, hunting the eggs, feeding the chickens, and milking the cow. Like the best of families, we had our share of crazy ideas, fights and disagreements, but we also genuinely liked each other.
My Dad is one of the reasons I wrote the book – to share some history about him and his father as well as my traditional American family that I wouldn’t trade for anything. My Mom died from a brain tumor in 2000 and she’s another reason I wrote the book. It was important for me to tell about a time, a place and a life that is disappearing; it's my way to share my family's traditions, keep my memories alive, and thank my parents for a wonderful life.
Growing up on the farm was an education that is hard to match and a life that was everything but ordinary. Like my Dad always says, “You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.”