There are people whose memories we carry with us wherever we go. These are the people who have made so much impact on us that what they have imparted is reflected on who we are. The lessons we have learned will always weigh in on every life decision we make.
This person, for Billy Oliver, is his mother. Every lesson she imparted through her words and all affection has made an indelible imprint on Billy. Lessons that a child will take where he goes.
“Remember telling me how they tell a story?” he asks her.
“Mama, look at them. The stems are straight and strong, just like you said we are to live our lives. See how green and lush the leaves are, representing life’s experiences? See all the beautiful blossoms representing love?”
After placing a white rosebud on her chest, he reminds her of what she told him, that thorns tell us to protect ourselves and unopened white buds symbolize purity and innocence, and bring the promise of a new day.
Such is the impact that mothers have on their children. As they say, there is nothing like the bond a mother has with her child. Such is the bond that Billy Oliver has with his mother.
When Billy's mother passed away, a lot of worries plagued his young mind. Questions such as "Where will he sleep and eat?" and "Will Papa abandon him now, too?". From his mother's passing, a lot of twists and turns will happen in young Billy's life before he finally finds a new home. Through all these trials, the book explores how a young boy navigates life changes from the bad to the good.
Billy Oliver will take you back to the 1940s in Northwest Iowa where a young life is transformed just as it is beginning. It will take the readers to a time before cell phones, computers, and television. It is great for readers who would like to reminisce or learn about the old days. Although set in a time period that has long gone by, it explores values and feelings that can be recognized universally —pain, love, and the strength of the human spirit.
The author, Charles Peters, has written this book in memory of his mother and inspired by his own childhood. This is another facet of the book that will resonate with a lot of readers. For anyone who is lucky enough to have met an amazing woman in their lifetime, a lot of the feeling this story share becomes increasingly familiar with every turn of the page—the young Billy Oliver holding onto Memories.
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Charles Peters was born near Hartley, Iowa. His young childhood was filled with colorful events. Some actions and events he had no control over, they just happened. He spent a short period of time at an orphanage before being adopted by foster parents when he was 11 years old. He grew up in northwest Iowa graduating from the Lytton Consolidated School. After a career of working, first in the dairy industry then working for a major hydraulic manufacturer he retired in 1998 and currently lives with his wife of over fifty two-plus years in Spencer, Iowa. Living in a scenic nature area for the past 30 years has enabled him to enjoy nature's beauty and wildlife. In his backyard, he has seen wild animals such as deer, raccoon, fox, and coyote and wild birds such as turkeys, ducks, geese, and a barn owl. The works of nature can be thrilling and soothing at the same time. He has been influenced by nature's beauty for years. Most days you will find him at home working on his next book.