The Life of an Ordinary Man

Author: Norman Ross


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I enjoy writing. I don’t possess an imagination that can make up fiction, so I only write about actual historical events particularly those that occurred during my life. As has been said, truth can be stranger than fiction. Necessarily, my writings include stories involving my forebears, but they predominantly document events that took place during my marriage with Alida.

I was born and raised in Scotland, a country known for its excellent education system. I was able to read and write before my sixth birthday. As a boy, I read extensively, first comics then the classics. I say “comics” but the weekly publications (Rover, Wizard and others) consisted solely of adventure stories, words without any pictures. Boys would create pictures in their own minds to illustrate what they were reading.

I hope that readers will be able to form word pictures in their imaginations when they read the stories in this book.

I am a very ordinary man. I doubt that a search of the Internet would uncover many, if any, articles about me. I have not been a famous explorer, nor an inventor, a painter like Constable, a writer like Dickens. The list of my non-achievements is lengthy. Nevertheless, even ordinary men and women leave behind a legacy when they leave this world. Our lives have an impact on our fellows, for good or bad.

In 1966, I married a wonderful woman, Alida. She was to become mother to nine beautiful children who, by 2020, have produced 30 grandchildren for us. Sadly, in 2012, Alida contracted Lewy Body Dementia. Five years later, God took her to Himself two days after Christmas 2017.

I obtained two degrees in Civil Engineering and worked as an engineer and construction manager throughout my working life. Too late, I realised that I was not suited for a career that required an organised and meticulous mindset. Perhaps I should have been a writer.

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Black & White

Pages: 198 | Trim Size: 5.5x8.5

Genre: Biography

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