From Rags to Riches

by Wilbur White



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/4/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 184
ISBN : 9781665566742
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 184
ISBN : 9781665566735
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 184
ISBN : 9781665566728

About the Book

The loss of my mother was all I could think about as I sat on a limb in the cherry tree which towered over the hog lot. But when I woke up the next morning in my own bunk with the clean white sheets and my very own flashlight, surrounded by other boys my age, I knew I was in for an amazing life. We dressed and went down to breakfast and what a spread! It was made complete by eating in a large room with 35 other boys and girls and to top that off, we had peach preserves and homemade butter on hot biscuits. What a life for a five-year-old. We kids played long hours in the hills of Beattyville, KY. Christmas was packed with gifts and food given to us from Taylor Tire in Lexington. They took us to the Shrine Circus every year and gave us airplane rides, too. Man, what better life could a kid ask for? Except when I popped open the window of the plane and we thought we were going to be sucked out! Jack and Helen Brown knew something about running an orphanage. We raised much of our own food and animals and he owned a blacktopping company where we boys worked. Fearing for my life in boarding schools made me aware of my surroundings, and being expelled for throwing a dirt clot over a staff member’s head was no fun either. Finally a boarding school where I was appreciated and where I would meet the love of my life. Then on to Paris Island, NC to meet up with Uncle Sam! We hit it off from the start. Oh wait! That drill instructor that “leaped in my chest”; oh well, it only hurt till I could breathe again. Vietnam, Fire Department, Church, Royal Rangers, Retirement, Family; my three angels have always been there. You will meet them.

About the Author

Wilbur White is a man who has done many things in his life, whether it was disarming a bomb in Viet Nam or doing CPR on a man in Walmart at 2:30 a.m. with the Fire Department. If you need a haircut, he is the man for the job, or getting cats out of trees. (He never found any cat skeletons up there). Or he would park his charter bus to assist the Fire Department in Atlanta, Ga., in hooking up hose to their fire truck at the MLK site where there was a fire in a restaurant next door. Playing in the hills of Beattyville, KY, with his 35 siblings helped to forge a strong love of family. Spreading blacktop was not one of his favorite chores; nor was hauling cattle from Canada to Texas. He drove a dump truck for a local company while building a portion of New Circle Road in Lexington, KY, between Tates Creek Rd and Richmond Rd. His most memorable event was in laying the wreath at the tomb of George Washington at Mount Vernon. He can be found doing Security detail at church or telling a Simon Kenton or Daniel Boone saga to men and boys around a campfire at Royal Rangers’ camps. Coming to the aid of strangers and friends alike is his lifelong endeavor. The greatest thrill of his life is leading a boy to Christ. Tears, pain, fear, laughter, joy, and happiness have all made up a very RICH and exciting life.