Sometime last fall while I was at my Daddy’s, my step-mom casually mentioned something about my Dad writing his book. I was like, huh? It was the first I had heard of it. She said he had written several short stories about his time in the Air Force when he was a pilot. Y’all, I immediately asked if I could read it. My daddy is a man of few words so the thought of getting to know him through his written words was something I was excited about. And you would think I would’ve started reading it as soon as I got home, but for some reason I didn’t. It sat there on my night stand for a couple of months. I kept asking myself what was I waiting on? Was I scared I wouldn’t like it, or of what I would read? I still don’t know those answers and my hesitation still bugs me.
As I was trying to figure out what to get my Dad for Christmas (I mean, what do you get a man who already has everything?), a light bulb went off! I decided to get my Dad’s stories published in a book! While we were over there for Thanksgiving dinner, I swiped his stories off his computer. I then got to work making his book. Keep in mind, I still hadn’t read it. Why??
I decided to use createspace (an Amazon affiliate) to create his book. It had very easy steps to follow, which made it a cinch. After the book is edited the way you want it, you order a proof to be sent in the mail. I couldn’t wait to see what it looked like.
One day when the kids were at school and the hubby was at work, the book came in. I decided to just read a few pages and start on the rest later. I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down. My Daddy has such a wonderful way with words. He describes everything with such humor and humility. I can count on one hand how many times a book (and I’ve read a lot of books) has made me cry or laugh out loud and I did it with his book many times. I am so grateful for his stories and for getting to know him in a way I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. My sister helped me proofread by reading it to her husband (over the phone while he drove his 18-wheeler) and her 8-year-old son at night. She said one night she read for 2 hours! What an awesome way to learn about your Papa.
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