Mar 8, 2015
Welcome to Tales By Tom. This is the second installment of Family Affair or Two and Some Dogs. In this series my talks about event in his life that have shaped his life and if you reflect on them the ideas at the core of these event perhaps can influence your life.
This week two stories:
Sara told me she wanted to play in the backyard: I thought it was an usual request for August in Louisiana, but we had time. Later, I wondered how many times could they do this to me? Twice more, maybe?
The Kent State game at LSU: At first, thoughts of upcoming game took me back to visiting the Kent State campus from Youngstown in May 1970. On the LSU campus for the game just two years ago, with my son Nick and his family, I saw something that a fraternity had done that made me sick. Nick kept me out of trouble---I was angry!
Recently my father, Tom Cagley Sr published a new book titled, I Was Your Son: A Troubled Journey. The book is a view into Tom Cagley Sr's soul. When asked why should anyone read this book ? He answered, "Because the end effect is restorative and invigorating and because everyone who’s ever had a father like this wants to believe there is a happy way out."
A recent review stated it even more powerfully, "I love this book; it is a very telling, touching story of one man's troubled past with his father who obviously had problems of his own. He had no love for his son in his being beyond childhood. I feel so very much for Tom; he was disconnected from his Dad for no good reason; never able to see or talk to him again---not his problem, but scared him none the less.
This story is a lesson in how not to act as a father. His father did not apply the story of the prodigal son in the bible; that is the kind of love we should have for our children. I pray that in telling his story, this book will be help Tom heal and go forward and help those who read it never to make the same mistake, as his father."Buy "Was Your Son: A Troubled Journey" on Amazon http://ow.ly/ug4ru
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The music is a song titled "Rhapsody" by Andy Guthrie and was supplied Music Alley from Mevio (www.musicalley.com).
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