Gil’s book is a memoir of his early childhood. A humorous story. The Tom Sawyer of South Central 1940s Los Angeles is the best way to describe this little guy who manages to find himself in impossible one of a kind situations that will leave you smiling as he visualizes for you, and so descriptively beautiful, a neighborhood's panorama of life as seen through eyes of a child.
Gil's parents, his warring brothers, two sisters, a Dutch priest, and a English Sheepdog make up the cast of characters in this entertaining collection. It's Gil's parents' love for one another that shields this family through tragedy and the hardest of times. Memories fade, then blend into the next, and a delightful narrative begins to emerge that reminds the audience of the exuberance of youth.
Be prepared to fall in love with this boy, for these forty-four charming short stories will warm your heart and leave you laughing out loud.
This book now exist because of Gil’s beliefs that the histories of families have been shamelessly lost to their children and their grandchildren who will never know of their ancestors’ sacrifices, struggles, their loves and heartaches. Gil believes that you must jot down all your memories no matter how crude to allow your descendants to piece together who they are and where they came from. Tomorrow is always changing, and yesterday is always fading. Unless you begin to put these memories to paper now, your history and that of your family will be lost forever. It’s never too late to start, and he begs you to try.
Bob Hope once said, “When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things – not the great occasions – that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.”