This past year has been an amazing journey writing my book, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story, and getting it published in November. Since starting the project last December 2010, there have been too many non-coincidental events to ignore, reinforcing the value of outreach through writing, talking, seeking help in healing from long held baggage from experiencing severe trauma; whether it is from child abuse, or combat in war, a horrific accident, rape, or any significant traumatic event in life.
To top off my experiences in healing this past year, my entire extended family gathered in Manhattan Beach, California on December 26, 2011 for the very first time. To say the least, this was a heartwarming and wonderful gift for Christmas that happened in a non-coincidental way. I felt complete on Christmas for the very first time in 40 years spending time with all my daughters, grand children, and their families at one time for a very special brunch at Sloopy’s on the beach on a stretch of coastline where so many fond memories of my past could be revisited. I am very proud of my three daughters, Deanna, Bianca, and Sarah, grand kids, Joey, Mike, Jordan, and Cameryn and their spouses who joined us on this day. It was also a joy seeing Ashley after so many years, who is very much part of our extended family, and meeting grandson Mike’s friend, Rob.
The last paragraph from my book, A New Beginning, holds true by quoting just one sentence. “Writing this story has given me energy, renewed confidence, and a much brighter look into the future.” Happy New Year to all!
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story