Painting Life with Words of Encouragement

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In Tony Amico’s debut work, he takes the reader on a poignant and thought-provoking journey with his musings on self-discovery and the meaning of life. Follow along as he delves into his inner-turmoil on the darkest of days, and then pulls you into a place of hope and inspiration as he colors your world with words of encouragement.

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Tomorrow the sun will rise, much as it did on August 25, 1993. It was a "Steel Blue Sky" as I recall. My Son, Michel would spend our last day together. Little did I realize it then. I certainly would have altered the course of events. We had breakfast that morning at "The Mid Valley Diner" (No longer exists), Michel claimed they made the best omelets. From there we traveled to South Scranton. We were preparing for a cellar entrance way. Excavating by hand. It was there he gave me the last things that would ever pass between our hands. 3 marbles. (I still have them) As we dug, the first of which was light blue. He tossed it to me; I missed his catch, but picked it up and placed it in my pocket. The second one he dug up (a bit darker in color, but also blue) and threw my way, I caught. And placed it in my pocket. And the third of which was much smaller than the other two and a much deeper blue, I caught also. And placed in my pocket.


I remember the day as if it were a video playing over and over again in my mind. And every August 25th I will relive every moment as it plays out. But the marbles will always be a significant part. You see at the end of the day after losing my Son, being devastated and exhausted, in the wee hours of the morning, still in shock, I suppose…. I recall emptying my pockets, and finding those now oh so special marbles. Realizing what was in my hand, they now represent a significant part of him and I. The first marble, the one I missed, represents the part of his life I missed, when I wasn't paying attention and failed him as a Father.  The second marble, darker in color. The one I caught, is the part of him I never lost sight of. And continue to hold onto. And then there's the third and last of the marbles, small, dark blue. It represents, what’s left of me without him. And although there is such a great and precious piece of my life missing; and regardless of the many tears I've shed, on so many August 25th's, I recognize, that the sky will be "Steel Blue" again. I have many reasons to laugh and smile. I have the memories that only God and Michel could have given me. And my faith is as strong as it has ever been. Encouraging me to encourage others. To do my best. To leave a "Respectable mark" on this earth. If for no other reason, than to honor my ‘Michel’.  And tomorrow, the marbles will be in my pocket. They are the most valuable of my material possessions. They are "Priceless" in any sense. So if you happen to see me in your travels on that day, ask me if "I have all my Marbles". And I'll show that I do indeed.

Till we meet again, my boy, I love you with all my heart, deep to my very soul.

Your Father

Reviews:C on Amazon wrote:

September 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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A book that I could not put down....

LOVED this book! I read it from cover to cover the second it arrived. It’s profound, hilarious & truly heart-wrenching. Wow! The imagery the author portrays is so vivid & close to the heart that it can’t help but touch & transform you.





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