An alcoholic father fails his family, a divorce ensues, and an ashamed, frightened youngster looks for support from a hometown, a mother, a grandmother, plus neighborhood friends.At school, kids become his buddies, his enemies, his first loves, or a group of recalcitrant bullies. Teachers and coaches give advice and some make lasting impressions.
Zachary and a close friend discover "hidden" racial discrimination at a swimming pool, while a school track race provides hope and some redemption for a scattering of personal insecurities and falsely driven self-perceived failures.
The memories of a boyhood remain infused in a writer's mind-"those smells from redwood shavings spread over concrete floors; a school cafeteria and cooking food; a playground, a jungle gym, and swings all of which still await a boy's return. And those many friends, who lived such impossible dreams, hid and played in thick tall weeds, and told such unbelievable tall tales," they all come back to again tell a story, his story.
John Spencer is a retired neuropsychologist who previously worked for the United States Public Health Service as a clinician, researcher, and administrator. He has taught at several universities and now lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Patricia.