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THE GREAT SANTINI IS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST MOVIE FOR ANY KID WHO HAS A FATHER IN ANY SERVICE... After watching that movie I told other military brats about it and they ALL reported back that it worked.. just saying I love you and hugging their fathers... we were all shocked that it was the simplest thing that changed them from being mean and harmful to the most gentle of fathers.
Brats... you must understand the whole issue is they feel apart and they vent it thru verbal or physical abuse or mental abuse… in 1986 when I first saw the movie I never understood my father… realization came to me while watching and I was weeping watching the movie and thinking... I have you now!!! And I did the hugging and saying I LOVE YOU… JUST DECIMATED HIM… MY FATHER NEVER AFTER THAT SAID A UNKIND THING TO ME. It was just praise!
I was 25 then and now I’m 58 and as I’m saying this I am crying... but they are tears of absolute joy! Cause my father was so mean... but like I said after the movie so beautifully says BOGEY ON YOUR SIX… I LOVE YOU DAD… I SHOT HIS ASS DOWN SO HARD HE COULD NEVER EVER BE MEAN TO ME AGAIN... he just wanted to really know that his kids loved him!
I hope what worked for me will work for you and your family!
When the" Water is Wide" came out, I had just started teaching in the inner city in CT and I so related to that story!
( I am now retired from 35 years teaching in the inner city).
I have heard many stories about it. My first husband and I attended a reunion. He was also in the class of 1967 and was in Pat's English class. He was in a different company so I don't think they were that friendly but I did have a chance to meet the famous "Boo" at that reunion after many stories about him. I was thrilled both times to visit the Citadel.
I have read every book that Pat has written and relished each one in a different way. I have seen some made into movies and I feel ( like most of his avid fans) that I know him.
I am reading Cassandra's "Tell Me A Story" and I am SO thankful to her for writing it. I know it must have been difficult.
I too married later in life and I find the story close to my own heart. I only wish her story hadn't ended so abruptly. It made me cry tears of joy as well as sadness.
The one 1967 reunion I attended with my husband, I was hoping to see Pat Conroy but that did not happen.
One of my wishes is to take a trip to Beaufort,SC
Thanks for all the great stories.
I too was born in 1945 and share the joys and troubles of our joint years growing up in the land of the free.
I am saddened that two years into my retirement we lost Pat but we will never lose his love for our beautiful language, the sheer poetry that was his best prose and his brilliant wit that gave perhaps most of us belly laughs.
Thank you from the depths of my healing soul Pat.
I was also fortunate enough to meet Pat at a book signing in Decatur, Georgia, when his cookbook was released. I lived most of my life in Atlanta, Georgia, though I had been coming to Hilton Head since 1969 when it was being developed. Fortunately I was finally able to move to The Lowcountry in 2018 and never want to live anywhere else. I treasure all of Pat's writings and am so sorry we'll have no more.
I went to every thrift store or used book store, as well as, Facebook marketplace looking for his work. I happened upon most of his writing and even found some autographed hard copies which I absolutely treasure. The hardest book to find was "The Boo" that I received from my wife for Christmas along with five biographies about Pat Conroy.
I am digesting all of these books and have been completely moved with all of my emotions through my reading. Isn't this what good books do to the soul, of reaching inside and allowing you to experience it all. I will one day visit Pat Conroy's beloved city and smell the words that he has written about in his books. Thank you to all who keep his memory alive.