Life Is So Good

By George Dawson

One man’s impressive trip throughout the 20th century and the way he realized to learn at age 98
“Things might be very well. humans have to pay attention that. existence is nice, simply because it is. There isn’t whatever i might switch approximately my life.”—George Dawson
during this outstanding e-book, George Dawson, a slave’s grandson who realized to learn at age ninety eight and lived to the age of 103, displays on his existence and stocks precious classes in residing, in addition to a clean, firsthand view of the USA throughout the whole sweep of the 20th century. Richard Glaubman captures Dawson’s impossible to resist voice and consider of the realm, providing insights into humanity, background, hardships, and happiness. From segregation and civil rights, to the wars and the presidents, to defining moments in heritage, George Dawson’s description and review of the final century conjures up readers with the message that has sustained him via all of it: “Life is so stable. I do think it’s getting better.”
“A extraordinary autobiography . . . . the feel-good tale of the year.”—The Christian technology Monitor
“A testomony to the ability of perseverance.”—USA Today
Life Is So solid is approximately personality, soul and spirit. . . . The delight in status his flooring is matched—maybe even exceeded—by the accomplishment of [George Dawson’s] hard-won education.”—The Washington Post
“Eloquent . . . engrossing . . . an surprising and unforgettable memoir.”—Publishers Weekly
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At some point, after we have been sitting within the loft, Aden simply obtained up and stated, “I’m going now. ” The rope used to be looped round a cleat that was once contained in the barn. not anyone stated a note as he wound it off the cleat. I don’t understand why, yet at that time all of us stood up. whilst the rope was once loose and in his palms he became and appeared towards us. We simply stated not anything and stared again. Even Jimmy sensed anything used to be up. He bought a anxious glance on his face and took my hand. similar to he used to be stepping off the porch, Aden stepped out from the loft love it used to be no great deal. the 3 folks walked over to the sting for a greater glance. i presumed he may appear like an angel floating within the sky. however it wasn’t so lovely. Aden swung out like a turkey vulture that is going in gigantic, looping circles. whilst the circles acquired smaller he enable move. there has been a whoop after which he was once buried within the hay. After that, Aden appeared varied. the remainder of us desired to test it so undesirable, yet we couldn’t even speak of it. subsequent day, on the kitchen desk, I instructed Mama and Papa what he did. “I want i may do that,” I stated. Mama, she stated, “No, you don’t even have to want it! We ain’t elevating you to be no idiot. we want you right here in this farm multi functional piece. ” Nudging my father, she stated, “You speak a few experience into him. ” Papa laughed. “Your mother’s correct. It don’t make no feel to do one of these factor. ” Mama nodded. yet then Papa went on. “Of path, occasionally there’s moments in existence whilst a physique is simply guaranteed to do what it’s received to do. Sounds to me that’s what occurred to Aden. ” Mama acknowledged, “Well, thanks a lot, as though that’s gonna be any aid to elevating the boy. ” Papa grinned. “I don’t learn about that, yet no experience caring approximately what may well by no means be. yet I don’t anticipate there isn’t any boy that ain’t by no means, no less than, considered swinging from the barn. ” I observed Mama frowning. She and Papa often obtained alongside good and that i notion it top to go away that speak, yet I simply needed to recognize anything. “Well, if I can’t do the swing now, how will i do know while the fitting time has come? ” Papa nodded towards me. “If it occurs that manner, whatever will inform you. And if you’re listening, you’ll listen it. ” So, usually, other than whilst Aden needed to sing their own praises, we performed cowboys and Indians if we have been taking part in within the barn. Aden and Johnny, ’cause they used to be the oldest, continually obtained to be the white settlers. Jimmy and that i have been the Indians, and that intended lets assault them. all of us had sticks that have been speculated to be the weapons. due to the fact i used to be an Indian and needed to lose besides, I loved so much to be shot whilst i used to be up within the loft. That method i may tumble off into the hay down less than. I by no means quite observed the purpose to it, although, ’cause such a lot occasions a person used to be certain to insist they wasn’t shot even if it used to be transparent as day that they used to be. in fact, that will be the tip of the sport then. anyplace we went on that farm, their puppy, Roof, may persist with us round. I cherished him rather a lot, I figured that we should have a puppy too. actually, I as soon as pointed out that to Mama. She acknowledged, “Can a puppy pull the plow? ” “Of path not,” I stated. “Well,” she stated, “can a puppy lay eggs like a bird?

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