We all become better men, husbands and fathers in different ways. I think that is largely because we are all raised differently. For example, a young boy who has the love and support of his father, can make an easier transition to being a better man, husband and father, than say, a young boy who was raised primarily by his mother, even though the father may or may not have been there. A harsh father leaves scars on his son that he will most likely carry into his other relationships of being a husband and a father. And so it goes.
What would it be like to go from foster home to foster home; be seen as a real “problem student” in school (and spending countless visits with the principal?); at the age of five being placed in the home of an aged pastor and his wife where you find love and acceptance; marry and father two children only to watch your wife die at a very early age; raise two boys by yourself; find someone to love again & father another child; and to lead a productive life? If you are like me and have no clue how to answer those questions, then this book, Man Shoes, is a book you would be interested in. The best way to describe this book is to borrow a word from the subtitle on the front cover: it is a journey. It is Tom Watson’s journey from being an unwanted child put in foster home after foster home, until he is placed in Mr. and Mrs. Watson’s home. The Watson’s were a clergy couple in their 50s who took Tom in and loved him. One of the most touching moments of the book was when Tom was finally able to tell Mrs. Watson he loved her. It would be great to say that all was well after that, but I would be lying. Tom’s life continued to be a journey throughout his youth; through his teen years and into his first marriage and the birth of his two children. I would give away too much of the story if I said much more about the rest of his journey. It is much better listening to him tell it. Eight years ago, while in his 40s, Tom had a stroke. That is what largely prompted him to write this journey…so his sons would know him.
I received this book from another blogger with no strings attached. I was unsure about it because I had never heard of Tom Watson. Not only am I glad I read it (and it reads very easily), I highly recommend that you do the same. It is written for men, but it is also for the women who love them. I have been honored by Tom and his publishers to be able to give away five copies of this book. All you need to do is make a comment here and I will trust you if you say that you Tweeted it or put it on Facebook (since I do neither). Each of those gets you an entry. Deadline will be Wednesday, August 31st. I will then choose the winner the old-fashioned way: put the names in a hat and draw them out. 🙂 How’s that for up-to-date technology? Comment away.