In High School I was introduced to the fantastic novels of Jean Sheppard who wrote about life in Northern Indiana. “Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories,” the story of a prom date in a steel mill town is my personal favorite. There are a couple of movies (Summer Story and A Christmas Story) that are also from the same series and again based on life in Gary Indiana in the 1930s and 1940s.
That essence that the books capture and share remains a critical reason why I write this blog and books today. Sharing even one minute of who and what you are with someone is amazing. I think back to my own childhood and the slice of life moments that changed me as a person. Sitting in a boat early in the morning with both my father and grandfather fishing. Those were simply amazing times for me. We didn’t often catch enough fish to eat, but we had a lot of fun trying.
The first time I kissed my wife was simply life changing. The moment I met her everything else just seemed to float away. I’ve told her a million times it doesn’t matter I go in the world, it isn’t real until she see’s it.
Becoming a dad was an abrupt transition for me (my wife already had a daughter from a previous marriage) but i treasure that person and that relationship.
The birth of the Bean and later “da boys” remains with the day of my wedding the most tremendous days of my life.
With the Wind in your face – face your journey and never look back!