Joe is born in Grand Rapids Michigan to a hard working,
loving family, a downright loveable little kid. Moving from the city to a farm
and back to the city again. He learns the meaning of adventure at an early
age. His world is filled with snakes, bicycles, cows and BB guns. He sets a
goal for what he wants to be when he grows up. He comes face to face with
prejudice, and an unusual method of fixing his broken nose.
From dawn until dusk Joe jumps from one adventure to
another. Whether in the schoolyard, riding a bus, going shopping or on the
side of a creek, Joe savors each experience. He finds sadness and
disappointment and friendships and happiness along the pathway of this growing
up he has to do. Then, when his family moves again to their own home in the
suburbs he finds someone really scary to deal with.
As friendships grow stronger and girls become more
confusing Joe moves into new areas of interest. Learning the trades of young
manhood, smoking and hitchhiking, bullies, practical jokes, consequences and
earning money. Working with his father to build a better home and finding out
that some guys just shouldn’t be his friends. There really are good guys and
Motor scooters, monster movies, high school, cars, major
disappointment and bad decisions, a mixed bag of emotions waging war inside a
hormonally explosive teenage body. Joe follows some bad turns and fights back
the best he can. Heartbreak, fatherhood and discouragement bring maturity at a
young age. Real friends and family values encourage change.
An unplanned trip charged with excitement and danger,
loneliness and companionship, and silly antics are a treat for Joe. Coming
back he faces guns from a robber and embarrassment from the opposite sex while
continuing to develop his survival skills. Then he throws a beach ball at a
woman and his life takes still another turn.
After marriage Joe’s life becomes a daily challenge to
balance work and family. A challenge he relishes and flourishes in, most of
the time. Determined and in love his family grows. His ambitions sometimes
bear fruit, and sometimes not. Knowing how to shoot a bow and arrow proves to
be a major benefit, and sort of funny at the same time. At someone else’s
Family life is not a boring thing for Joe or his family.
Looking to expand his horizons he looks for opportunities to improve as a
provider. New friendships grow stronger, racing sports cars and jumping
motorcycles are a mixed bag of activity while another child joins the family.
Then series of events combine to create a roller coaster ride for everyone.
Then tragedy strikes. No one saw it coming, no one was prepared.
Life as they had known it was gone. Joe and his family
garnered together whatever strength, faith and ingenuity they had and set out
to conquer this stranger in their midst. Terrible, scary and beautiful, the
twists and turns run the course of human patience in the most unpredictable of
circumstances, with a completely unknown outcome. What happened? How did it
turn out? You will be there through it all.