An inspiring tale of one man’s triumph over his challenges.
Page is a “blind man who refused to accept a passive role” in his life, a theme of resilience that runs through this compelling memoir. Page details not only his own challenges as a man born without sight, but also the surrounding adversities that his family members fought and overcame, setting a backdrop of expectation for him to do the same. Page’s particular form of blindness, retinitis pigmentosa, runs throughout his family, affecting his mother and cousins, but it afflicts him most severely as he has never known what it is to see. However, Page grew up with the understanding that the world was his to conquer despite whatever limitations he might have. Born on a farm in Missouri, every member of the family was expected to pitch in. From an early age, Page was expected to draw water from the well and carry it to the chickens, something he had to do several times a day. As he grew older, Page was involved in repair work and tree cutting, activities that most people would not ask of a blind child. Page’s sense of being just like everyone else was reinforced when representatives from the Missouri School for the Blind recruited Page for their school and his parents refused, reinforcing the viewpoint that Page was entitled to the same life as everyone else. This attitude continued to shape Page as he became an adult, going on to earn a doctorate and serving on the legislature of his town, advocating for the disabled. Throughout Page’s life, it is he who must remind everyone around him of his capability—something he never forgets and continues to prove with every milestone he achieves. Richly woven with anecdotes and honesty, Page’s story is humbling as he achieves more in his life than many who have the ability to see. Because of Page’s determination, no obstacle is big enough to stop him from succeeding, and his story is an important one to read.
A candid memoir that reminds readers of the role attitude plays in success.