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Dear Austin - A Letter To My Son Paperback – July 13, 2010
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Dear Austin is a gem. Words of wisdom and loving thoughts that provide a priceless touchstone. I hope it finds its way into the hands of many parents. ~ Karen Levin Coburn, author Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years
This is not a "how to write this letter" book but ... an inspired invitation to let your heart whisper what it most yearns to say. Read it, feel it and write your own love letters when it's time. - Carleton Kendrick Ed.M., LCSW, Author
- real, genuine, from the heart, and mixed with confidence, anxiety, uncertainty, and vulnerability. This letter has shown me the future of what my husband and I hope to become. --Sonja Montiel, M.A., Educational Consultant, College Confidence
... words of wisdom, brutal honesty, and encouragement in the stark light of reality. I strongly recommend this - a perfect gift for anyone graduating from college or high school, or any parent who holds the reigns a little too tightly. --Ruth Buzzi
From the Author
Writing this letter has allowed me to let go of some of the sadness about my son's leaving, and to replace it with some of the hope and excitement that he must be feeling now. It is in this spirit, and with my son's permission, that I share this letter with any parent who has lost, or will lose, a child to higher education, or military service, or to the most dreaded thief of all, adulthood.
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I really enjoyed reading through this letter. Filled with words of advice, encouragement and love from a father to his son. I wish I had a letter like this from my mother who passed away several years ago. This book made me decide to write a letter like this one to each of my children when they leave home.
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: From Author for Review
My Dad encouraged me to follow my dreams and, at the age of 17, put me on a plane to California to attend college at the Pasadena Playhouse for the Performing Arts. Some were skeptical, some laughed at my intentions. But Dad gave me the honor of trusting my judgment and loving me enough to let me go and follow my dreams. I was the first member of my family to have ever flown on an airplane, and had never even been away at summer camp. Five decades later, I have a wonderful career behind me and not only lots of wonderful memories, a few nice recognitions of my work including the Television Hall of Fame, a Golden Globe award and 5 Emmy nominations. It didn't happen overnight, it took a few years....but the first day I was actually on national television as a comedic actress on the Garry Moore Show was, tragically, the same day we buried my Dad. A wonderful, thoughtful and insightful man, Angelo Buzzi is still with me, to this day, with his words of inspiration and encouragement.
The author of this book shares with the reader a parting letter with the author's son, who's also going off to college for the first time, and these are words of wisdom, brutal honesty, and encouragement in the stark light of reality. This book took me back to the day at the airport when I hugged my Dad and thanked him for believing in me. His words helped make me what I am today, and I'm sure Austin will set his goals very high and reach a great many of them, based on the way his father empowered him with this letter.
I strongly recommend this - - - it's a perfect gift for anyone graduating from college or high school, or for any parent you may know who holds the reigns a little too tightly on someone with great potential but who's not blessed with enough freedom to learn to fly.
- - Ruth Buzzi Perkins (actress, married to Kent Perkins, not related to the author)
Dear Austin - A Letter To My Son
We all need this genuine desire for our success in our lives.
At 56 pages in total Dear Austin is easily digested in one sitting, but will be savored long after finishing the last page. In this slim book Perkins has managed to distill the essence of a fulfilling life:
* Although the relationship changes parents will always "be there" for their children.
* Don't squander the opportunities presented at college.
* Follow dreams, discover passions, and find "truths".
* Be careful making choices and accept responsibility for these decisions.
* Be open and curious.
* Keep a place for music in your life.
* Don't be afraid to fail.
* Treat women well.
* Broken hearts heal.
* Give back to the world.
* Be a good friend.
* Be happy!
Dear Austin is one of those rare books that both parents and young adults will appreciate. The prose is sparse, but penetrating and straightforward. In fact, I re-read a few of the passages because I wanted to reflect further on them.
I wish Dear Austin had been around when my son left for college. I highly recommend it to other parents in similar transitional periods!
Publisher: CreateSpace (July 13, 2010), 56 pages.
Advance review copy provided courtesy of the publisher.
Dear Austin is David M. Perkins' letter to his son as Austin leaves his home to start his adult life in college. David covers all the themes we want to share with our kids. He talks of love, career, choices and beliefs. He asks only that his son consider what he wants of life and then follow his own dreams, drawing on the gifts his parents gave him for eighteen years to make his own way in the adult world.
This is a beautiful book. It will be a rare parent who doesn't feel a tug at their heartstrings when reading this, and a rare young adult that can't benefit from it's honest portrayal of the next stage of life. In addition to being a great read, it is a great gift for other parents as they also move through this time. This book is recommended for all readers.
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Dear Austin - A Letter to My Son, reminds us all about what is most important in life and what our kids need to know before we send them off...Read more