Jun 6, 2010
Welcome to Tales By Tom. This is the ninth installment of Tom Cagley Sr's short shory collections entitled, “Travel At Your Own Risk.”
Story 25: Alicante, Spain. I knew it wouldn’t be the garden spot of the universe, but I had to go there on business --- it is the center of the Spanish shoe industry--- and we had corporate meetings. On the surface it would be like any other trip of its kind, except I’d never been to Spain and that alone was exciting.
BUT --- and I say that loud and clear --- a glitch in our departing city of Baton Rouge took that away in short order. Only through a bribe, a lot of telephone time and some help from John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara did I keep my sanity and break out of Alicante after two more days.
Story 26: Five Stages: Elizabeth Kubler-Ross wrote the book on the subject --- the five stages people go through in dealing with a death or a tragedy. I had never heard of her or her book until a visit to our friends, the Ewalds, in Natchez, MS.
I read her book three years later, but by that time I had dealt with a death and a tragedy of my own. Golf had helped in the first case --- I was young and had a cause. Later, my ability to accept things for the way they were and move past them for my good and the good of my family was what saved me.
Then I read her book and remember saying, “I did that; I did that, too.”
It was a survival instinct I didn’t know I had.
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The music is a song titled "Rhapsody" by Andy Guthrie and was supplied Music Alley from Mevio (www.musicalley.com).
See you in two weeks!