Sunday, May 1, 2011

January 19, 2007

Erin and Starla saw Tyler today. He is starting to get a reflex (to smile when you stroke his cheek) on his left side of his face that hasn't been there for so many years.

Ellie is still sick, but she is doing better and wanting to eat again.

Nicole played with Emma and Michelle practiced her gymnastics. Emma's mom is starting a dance group and the girls would like to join.

B~ and I attended a party held for his work. They had Frank Abignail speak to us. A movie and book were made of his life - "Catch Me If You Can". He was a criminal who forged checks from the time he was 16 until he was 21. He posed as an airline pilot, pediatrician and lawyer. He served time in French and Swedish prisons. He served four years in an American prison and when he had eight years left, the FBI said they would let him out if he would work for them until his time had been served. He did and stayed on 26 more years.

 The whole point of his presentation and sharing his life story was to stress how each child has the right  to a mommy and a daddy. His parents divorced when he was 16 and rather than choose between them, he ran away. He didn't see his mom again for 7 years and his dad died while Frank was in a foreign prison. He never had a regular adolescence. Divorce took it from him. He talked about the decay of society and the lack of ethics and character being taught by parents and schools. He talked about how his father was a "daddy" and that not all men are. His daddy would pull the blanket up on them and kiss their cheeks every night and then whisper, "I love you, I love you very much" into their ears every night. He never missed- even if they were already asleep when he got home.

I've nearly finished Irene Gut's book - an amazing woman!


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