I am pleased to announce that my book Footprints in a Small Town is officially in the hands of my publisher and will be available on Amazon, Kindle, and other retail outlets in the coming 4 – 6 weeks.
The book is a collection of my stories of growing up in a small town in the 1960s and 70s. I share my stories about going to school, playing Little League baseball and the dreams of playing football in high school, swimming at the community pool and the County Fair. I talk about friendship, my family and the tragedy of losing a brother in an accident. These are just a few of the stories.
When I reminisce about my childhood summers, I think of the smell of sun and sweat on my skin after playing outside all day long. I think of the sizzle of sparklers and the big colorful explosions of fireworks with their sulfuric scent lingering in the air on July 4th celebrations. I remember the way my heart would race when I knew it was a baseball game day.
I think of cupping my small hands around fireflies and dropping them into mason jars, little pieces of summer I wish I could have treasured forever.
I miss the feeling of pure joy of being flanked by my best friends on our bikes. Experiencing our first taste of freedom and being able to take ourselves anywhere within the town limits, powered by the adrenaline pumping through our veins with each spin of our silver spokes.
I wish I could have bottled all those feelings all those years ago, like those fireflies in a mason jar. To once again feel that youthful freedom and the delicious possibility of how any given night might end. I’d open the lid and breathe in the smallest sample to make it last.
I carry memories of innocence, happiness, joy and at times pain, hurt and loss. They have made me who I am. I have re-traced the footprints that I could find, and I have put them into words. My greatest hope is that, in reading this book, you may be reminded of the special times in your life too, even if some of them were difficult.
All of us have stories from our youth.
These footprints and stories are mine.
This has been such a wonderful experience for me. I am excited to finally make it available to you. Can you imagine going back to your roots and reliving your youth? You see yourself once again grow up and you see yourself make mistakes. You see your heart get broken and you experience the loss of loved ones. However, you also get to relive the good things and the friendships that were such a big part of your life. That is what I have relived by writing these stories.
My hope is that those of you that will take the time to read this book will come away with an appreciation of another place and time. Maybe your memories will be stirred, and you can relate to my journey to once again find the footprints of your youth.
If you would like a copy of the book, I am extending the offer of a pre-sale price for it at $10.00 each. The retail price of the book will be 12.99 plus tax and shipping. To take advantage of the pre-sale of $10.00 that will include tax and delivery to your house, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get more details.