Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Tom Cruise talks about his dad. In an interview to be published in next Sunday’s Parade magazine, Tom Cruise says his father was “weak, a bully.” In the interview, which was previewed in today’s Washington Post, Cruise said he never trusted his father, that he had to always “be careful” around him. He said his parents divorced when he was 11 and he rarely saw his father after that. According to the Post story,
Ten years later, Cruise says he reunited with his father, who was ‘in the hospital dying of cancer, and he would only meet me on the basis that I didn't ask him anything about the past. When I saw him in pain, I thought what a lonely life. He was in his late 40s. It was sad.’"
I find it interesting that Cruise is talking about his father now. Perhaps fathering is on his mind because his inamorata, Katie Holmes, is about to give birth to his first biological child. Men never stop thinking about their fathers, even if they barely knew them. Your father is a constant presence in your life, no matter how old you get. Author Gore Vidal, who is now 81, talked about his father in an interview in last Sunday’s Los Angeles Times. Vidal said he loved his father very much and frequently dreams about him. Your dad is always there. That puts a tremendous responsibility on us as fathers. Long after we’ve left the planet, our presence will be manifested in the lives of our children.


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