The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner & Quincy Troupe

The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner & Quincy Troupe

Author:Chris Gardner & Quincy Troupe [Gardner, Chris]
Language: eng
Format: mobi
Tags: Itzy, Kickass.to
ISBN: 9780061750588
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 2009-03-01T05:00:00+00:00

For the next three years I lived what could have been called in some respects a storybook life. The wedding, held as planned on June 18, 1977, was picture-postcard perfect: beautiful, tasteful, and simply done in a park near Sherry’s parents’ home—a place that had become synonymous in my mind with stability and security.

Moms was there, glowing with pride. She and Sherry bonded immediately. My Navy buddy Leon Webb, soon to head out to San Francisco, flew in to be my best man, and he couldn’t have been happier for me. We were all impressed with the Dysons’ home. Nothing over the top, the house looked like something out of a magazine—exquisitely decorated with southern charm, rare artwork on the walls, chandeliers throughout the two-story space, gourmet food in abundance, and a bar stocked with wine and liquor imported from around the world.

The Dysons’ way of life represented the ideal of home that had been in my dreams from the time I’d seen The Wizard of Oz as a kid. For a while, I’d even dreamed of moving to Kansas when I grew up because of that portrayal of safety and serenity. In Oz there were witches and maniacal flying monkeys and the same sense of imminent insanity that was in our household. Back in Kansas, folks were normal and kind, and there was no threat of not knowing what could happen next, how far it was to the pay phone, would the police come in time, would your mother and siblings be killed when you got back.

Part of the attraction, unquestionably, was my longing to belong to the world that Sherry came from—a world in which she had grown up adored as an only child, with the same mother and father together, the same house, with a sense of being anchored and with none of the chaos and violence that had afflicted my childhood. Her parents didn’t seem to mind that I came from a different world and were as gracious as they could be in welcoming me to their family. Certainly, like Sherry, they saw that I had potential and was on a solid path to becoming a physician, even though I had a ways to go.

Still, I had begun to have misgivings about this marriage from the moment I spontaneously popped the question, much of which I passed off as typical prewedding jitters.

The first person I had told in San Francisco was Dr. Ellis. If I was looking for someone to beg me to reconsider, Robert Ellis wasn’t that person. Genuinely pleased for me, he went on to loan me the hundred bucks I needed for a suit to get married in, and then he shocked me even more by suggesting, “Take an extra day off.” For a guy who was as obsessed with work as Buffalo Bob, that was unheard of.

My next stop was the jewelry district on Market Street, where I miraculously found a diamond ring for nine hundred dollars that I bought on credit.


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