Book: Alien in the Delta by Thankful Strothercategories: Book, Coming-of-Age, US Air Force, International Romance, Perseverance Hard Work, Insightful and Humorous, Life Lessons, Heartwarming and Inspiring, Easy Read, Determination, Family Values, Self Help, Personal Success Memoir
Thankful Strotherabout this book: I grew up in the rural south on the Mississippi River in the Arkansas Delta; home of the blues. I always felt out of place in my surroundings and home town. I felt like an Alien. My early childhood with my family is covered in the first few chapters of the book.
The US Air Force had the most significant influence on my life. I spent the entire four years in Germany. I was eighteen when I went to Germany and twenty-two when I returned to the USA. I had learned the speak German, this was the thing that gave me confidence that I could succeed at anything if I worked hard.
After going to school for computer programming on the GI Bill, I got a job at a Fortune 500 company and worked my way into management after 10 years. We had already started a family and had two children.
My wife and I invested in real estate. Our first purchase was a 28 unit apartment building, and she managed the property. I write about our adventures as owners.
The success I have had in my life is due to the progress that has taken place in the United States. In the following paragraphs, I have tried to convey some of the frustrations that I have experienced with my country.
I am Black American and know somethings about growing up in a white-dominated society. Being black in the United States has been like walking on eggs and trying not to break one, knowing if you break an egg, the penalty would be something awful.
We are like trained tigers performing in a circus when we should be living in the wild. We have lived very unnatural lives and have been dangerously suppressed, restricted, incarcerated, and put in cages.
Black Americans are very kind, understanding yet confused and perplexed about why we continue to endure hardships that other people never experience. We are the most tolerant, forgiving people on the planet for us to have taken the injustice we suffered without violence.
I love my country, the United States of America. I hope we continue to build on the progress that our country has made since the first slaves, (my ancestors) arrived in this country four hundred years ago in 1619.
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