I have heard it said – The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

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I have heard it said – The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd

I have heard it said that a man who cries is spineless, a weakling not worthy of his salt, but this I can tell you, a man who has never shed a tear has not yet learned to love.

Love and sorrow come into your life hand in hand. I’m an old man now and over these many years I have seen more than my share of sorrows, some so great they brought me to my knees. But I have also loved and with such passion that it set my soul afire. Were you to ask me would I give up one to avoid the other, I would turn away.

What could I possibly give up? Certainly not my love of a woman much stronger and wiser than I. Ruth gave me reason to place one foot in front of the other and move forward into an uncertain future. When I could no longer see the road before me, she trusted in me and that trust forced me to stand taller. I also could not give up my love of the land; it is a thing I was born into.

A man cannot change who he is; he can only hope that with age comes the wisdom to see his folly. I would like to believe I have achieved that.

As I grow ever closer to the end of my time I look back at this life and tell you truthfully, the only thing I would wish to give up is the regret I’ve carried in my heart for all these years.

At long last I have come to realize the things I once counted as regrets were indeed blessings that I was too blind to see.

Mine has been a complicated life, a story worthy of telling, but to appreciate the end you have to go back to the beginning.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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