Rediscovering Sargent Shriver
Mark Shriver recalls his famous father
- Duration 4:02
- Date Jun 5, 2012
Mark Shriver recalls his famous father
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Back everyone sergeant Robert Shriver most famous for launching the peace corps under president Kennedy and the war on poverty and -- president Johnson is now being remembered in a remarkable way.
A book written by his own son.
And -- right now one of his sons mark Shriver the author of this book a good man re discovering my father Sargent Shriver.
Mark welcome always great to see -- if we -- re discovering your father.
I found that as he was -- and after his death to people Khatami that he was a good -- and I really wanted to step back and figure out what made him so good.
But people said he was great but I thought it was more important understand why it was good.
When I looked added I realize that a guy who has been married for 56 years of the woman of his dreams would raise by in this case.
My -- -- Hughes Kennedy Shriver would raise five kids went to mass on a daily basis had countless friends.
How did he do all that happy balance that and I think for people like me that are struggling raising three kids in dealing with aging parents.
Struggling balancing family and friends and faith in our jobs.
My dad has a couple of insights a couple secrets and I think -- in this book.
That I think will help all of us and you -- pick things we talk about Father's Day coming up too many dads are struggling with that balancing act and in dad did it very very well.
-- I think of the book wanting to know about your uncles interaction with your uncles and it's acted really respected obviously because.
When JF when your -- John F.
Kennedy present was shot and killed.
Jackie looked at him -- organize the funeral I mean that it that's the role yet.
She if she called him on Friday afternoon and asked the for the funeral together from Monday and I think it was his faith in the amazing ability to organize and get things done quickly.
-- made her make that request went to church every day.
Every day every sing whenever we were traveling Brian you know if it was here in the United States or abroad the first question yes we checked into -- hotel as.
What's the mass schedule I think he needed that ground in every day of his life.
To acknowledge that god was in charge him that he needed help.
As -- -- was working for your mom for Special Olympics may get an international event.
As crazy it was will you guys -- the responsibilities.
He still wrote you notes so many times -- -- almost every day he -- would know.
-- some days I get to two or three letters and they were things that he had read it night heats up from under the door when I was in high school or college.
And then when I graduated and got married he would mail notes to my wife -- -- he'd outline you know put exclamation points in the margins of particles that he had read in the can be anything that could be about the Baltimore Orioles in baseball team that could be out of the Wall Street Journal or books that is read the.
And he kept a lot of them good move on then hey I thought two things I just -- is a great book for father's.
Number one you're at a lacrosse -- yet and your daughter wasn't paying attention she's dug into the goalie after would you still say analysts when you when you play in the game pay attention and he had to -- after your dad.
-- watches you interact with your daughter -- -- he said.
He next week you know it's getting a little agitated my daughter -- so well wonderful she's interacting with the -- -- the opposing team instead of shooting the ball underneath and he said you know I was started yelling.
But some fathers do and he turned me right in the middle of alzheimer's -- -- -- yell -- you like as a -- I thought about it for a second I realized no he never did yeah he never -- the now he really sports were important but he never treated you know if -- did very well and good -- in this if I just -- -- not succeeded is there any way to put into words how difficult it was for this great man to watch him decline with all sorts of alzheimer's is there really obviously painful.
Brutal -- Disease and it's particularly hard when somebody you love is falling apart right front -- -- And he gets to brilliant mind so it's brutal but I think the book talks also about those moments of jointly you know church when he turns to me.
I just -- -- -- I love you you know there are those moments where you really understand to be in the moment.
That is one of the messages again write this book -- like George Bush who said about his -- forget about -- -- it's about being president unconditional love was -- and I -- that I got from -- from your book.
Why -- you share you story.
-- you know through warning you tell great stories -- great a great idea it is the fathers and thanks so I realized it was great to see.