And You Know You Should Be Glad: A True Story of Lifelong by Bob Greene

By Bob Greene

A hugely own and relocating real tale of reminiscence and friendship from the recent York instances bestselling writer of responsibility and Be actual for your university growing to be up in Bexley, Ohio, inhabitants 13,000, Bob Greene and his 4 top friends--Allen, Chuck, Dan, and Jack--were inseparable. Of the 4, Jack was once Bobs best possible buddy, a bond solid from the instant they met at the first day of kindergarten. They grew up jointly, acquired in hassle jointly, discovered approximately existence together--and have been finally separated by means of time and distance, as all adults are. yet over the years Bob and Jack stayed shut, keeping directly to the friendship that had shaped years sooner than. Then, the fateful name got here: Jack was once demise. And during this hour of want, because the closest of acquaintances will do, Bob, Allen, Chuck, and Dan set aside the calls for in their personal lives, got here jointly, and observed Jack via to the top of his journey.Tremendously relocating, humorous, heart-stirring, and sincere, and also you comprehend you need to be blissful is an uplifting exploration of the ability of friendship to uphold us, maintain us, and finally set us unfastened.

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I said I’d be there soon. We hung up. I thought about the Bexley bus, aboard which there were never any surprises, never any unexpected turns. Five I w en t to t h e a i r p ort i n c h ic ag o, picked up my boarding pass, stopped in at the newsstand. I took my seat on the plane, looked out the window during the flight, waited for my bag on the carousel inside Port Columbus. I caught the hotel van to the place where I’d made my reservation, checked into my room, tossed my suitcase onto the second bed, the one I wasn’t going to use.

What had come up was this: Will the following students please report to the principal’s office: Dan Dick. Bob Greene. That’s what the computer had returned to me. In 1964, Dan and I had been on the varsity tennis team, and one day after practice we had come into the locker room—to find boxes and boxes of individual fried chicken dinners from Willard’s Restaurant piled up on one of the wooden benches. The school’s Latin Club was going to have its annual banquet in the gym that night, and the chicken dinners, for some reason or other, had been left for safekeeping in the locker room.

I did all of this in exactly the way I’d done it a thousand times before. I did it the same way I would do it on any other trip, because, while I still could, I suppose I wanted to fool myself into thinking that this was any other trip. i n t h e f i r s t g r a d e —a t l e a s t i t h i n k it was first grade, it may have been later, because I 28 BOB GREENE remember it was in the schoolroom in which Jack and I made up new words to the song “Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford, and “Sixteen Tons” may have come out after we were in first grade, so I may have the elementary school year wrong .

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