Before family tragedy struck, we find our author traveling to the four corners of the world many times. You feel the excitement in the author's voice as he undertakes each new job, every new opportunity and learns the secrets of each foreign country and enjoys engulfing himself and his family in their history and culture.
Families need more than luxuries, wealth and important jobs. Even without family tragedy, they still need quality time spent together understanding each other's needs and differences, which was lacking in some instances involving the author and his relationship with his wife and his son Nicky.
Family tragedy befell this family with a slow deterioration of his 34-year marriage when circumstances and instances that could not be rectified ended in divorce.
But, life's greatest family tragedy is the loss of a child. His eldest son Nicky dies at age twenty-six after living with schizophrenia since the age of 14. To understand the author's mindset and his life awakening family tragedy, you need to read for yourself how he comes full circle with a true understanding of how precious life is and what is really important. More family tragedy follows as we see him battling cancer hoping to win yet another battle with family tragedy.
From Normandy to the many sites he visited that reminded him of the many wars we fought and the countries that were involved, the people he meets and the tours he takes, the author realizes that life is too precious and he would rethink his priorities and learn to live his life, volunteering, teaching his grandsons how to make model ships and much more that life's journey can offer. The gratifying result is family tragedy in decline.
"Outstanding Memoir." Fran Lewis, Reviewer