May 18, 2015
Welcome to Tales By Tom. This is the seventh 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:
It started out to be just another Wednesday in August: I took the 80th birthday card my wife presented me literally...it was simply a more formal idea than the one from Tampa/St. Pete in 1994 when I was a spring chicken/rooster of 60. Little did I know what was coming until I turned over the card and looked at what had been "printed" on the back.
Comparing two SEC football weekends: Texas A & M vs Ole Miss at The Grove in Oxford, Ms OR LSU vs Florida here in Baton Rouge. Jackie's cousin, and A & M alumni went to Oxford and won but not convincingly; we let Florida play here and won handily. But that wasn't the only differences between the events as we found out by phone on Sunday.
Have you purchased a copy of the book my father, Tom Cagley Sr published? The book is 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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