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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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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
IT IS EXCELLENT! It was written with a lot of insight and wisdom, thus giving his son guidance into the choices he would make in college, and how those choices good or bad could affect his life, and his future success. The letter inspires his son to follow his dreams, to be a good friend, to love and care for others. It is an excellent letter to encourage and reinforce the "principle of values" given to him by his parents, and advice on how to use these values when he leaves home. I would certainly recommend any student who is leaving home for the first time to read this book. This book is an asset in guidance for your sons, as well as, your daughters in helping them step out into the world away from home.
But, as I read this book, I found so many pieces that are missing in what I am teaching him, things I need to focus on, things that I take for granted.
Thank you David for writing this and for sharing it with the world. I know that I will take what you wrote and it will have a direct impact on my life, but more importantly, my son's life.
Thank You David Perkins!
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