Jan. 7, 2013
-- As he was reviewing some pictures and historical data about his parents' lives, Robert A. Hodgson sensed some interesting issues regarding their different backgrounds and characters and he was caught. He became aware of the beautiful story of their lives, noting their personal disagreements and mental struggles with religious confrontations. He was smitten with the idea of morphing his parents' typical Guyanese and Surinam dishes into the basic sustenance of their adventure in the typical Antillian dish - Foonchy - in the book's title. Jim and Maleen delve into their completely different cultural and religious backgrounds, and mindsets. Their story shows haphazard beginnings that can be structured into well-balanced, harmonious settings in an environment of dreams. When Jim was barely eight years old, his father, a well known lawyer suddenly dies. Some years later he suffers the traumatic loss of his sister. Trying to find his balance, he decides to emigrate to the U.S and ends up in Aruba. After Maleen's family moves into different districts, she discovers that her father had a premarital relationship, which resulted in a child, caused some trouble, resulting in his integration in the local religious mold. Looking for a better future, she accepts a job in Aruba. Follow Jim and Maleen on their life journey.