Last week I was finally able to present The Legacy of Nobody Smith to the family of the man on whom the book is based. When Smitty was on his deathbed, I promised him I would do all I could to get his story told.

I had worked eight years to get to this day.

For eight years they had waited.

What a special day it was for us all!

 

A first look by Bernice

A first look by Bernice

 

 

One daughter's first glimpse...

One daughter’s first glimpse…

...and then her delight.

…and then her delight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This daughter turned the book over and drew in her breath when she saw her father's photo on the back cover.

This daughter turned the book over and drew in her breath when she saw her father’s photo on the back cover.

 

The reading began...

The reading began…

 

 

...followed by photos...

…followed by photos…

...and lots of loving hugs, demonstrated here by Peggy and Bernice.

…and lots of loving hugs, demonstrated here by Peggy and Bernice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally a photo of me with Bernice and two of her three daughters.

And finally a photo of me with Bernice and two of her three daughters.

It was an amazing day.

I’m so very grateful I was able to keep my promise to Smitty.

 

What kind of promise have you worked hard to keep?