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Tom Asbrook Taking Family Leave

Tom Ashbrook in the studio
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For all of our On Point listeners, who I very much think of as a kind of community – an important community – there is something personal I have to share.  It’s hard, and it’s as intimate as anything on Earth.

Forty-two years ago, I fell in love with a beautiful French-German immigrant girl named Danielle.  We were 16.  I was a farm boy, from the little house on the prairie.  She was everything I dreamed of. We’ve been lovers and partners ever since.  Lived all over the world.  Man and wife.  Three wonderful children.  Even a little grand baby.  A perfect love, really.  And now – too early and to my dismay – my love is very very ill.  It’s something she’s managed gracefully for years, but it’s just getting the better of her.  I need to be with her.  I am going to have to take a little time away to do that and to face what comes, with our family.  It’s one of life’s tough passages, and I hope you will keep me, us, in your thoughts while I am away for a time to attend to love and family, and then return.  I thank everyone for your patience and your understanding.  Some things we just have to take care of. I will. And I will be back.

So, until next time, and it won’t be long…

I’m Tom Ashbrook,

And this is On Point.

If you’d like to send a message to Tom and his family, feel free to write: community@onpointradio.org

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