A Gingersnap Smile

A Gingersnap Smile by Dan E. Jackson Jr. 1643142267 9781643142265
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"I will be your hero, Grandpa," a nave young boy assures a man whom he once thought was the devils helper. Will Rivers had mistaken illness for evil and was making up for it with comforting words. But they were words with promise and the road between a promise-given and a promise-kept can be laden with emotional pitfalls. He meets a young lady, ultimately the love of his life, but their first encounter was not promising. He pulled her ponytail and called her a "snaggle-tooth." In return, she gave him a permanent mark on his shin and another more enduring mark, the gingersnap smile. Will shares a soulful admission, "So, I was mean to her, but...I didnt know I loved her, then." That gingersnap smile became the symbol of his life with Grandpa. Will befriends Bobby, a young man from a rough neighborhood who introduces the concept of a "neutral deed," one that was neither good nor bad. When the police tell their story of the great electric wheelchair race, youd think Will and Bobby were a couple of vandals on a joyride at Grandpas expense. Wills attempt to keep his promise led to a political birthday party where, in an old video, a young Boy Scout proclaims, "A black man cant chase a bus in this country without catching a hassle! Hows he gonna chase his dreams." Through the influence of that old video, Will concludes, "I guess yesterday really does matter." His decision to "kidnap" Grandpa led to the yelling match of the century wherein Wills father proclaims, "You touch my father and Ill beat you like a man beats a man! It wont be father and son between us!" Seeing whether Will keeps his promise justifies an evening with "A Gingersnap Smile."

Author: Dan E. Jackson Jr.

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 208

Publisher: Authors Press

Publication Date: 2020-02-29

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