I just watched a great video from Talks at Google. I felt a little heartbreak, a little comfort, and more awareness of the effects of divorce and love on children and the potential of a great father and mother to affect their children’s lives in great ways.
If you saw Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks in the movie “Catch Me If You Can”, you will know it is the life story of Frank Abagnale who ran away from home upon learning of his parent’s divorce.
Frank was raised in a great family and attended Catholic schools until he was 16 when a priest from his school brought him to the family court to learn his parents were divorcing. The judge then asked him which parent he wanted to live with, and he ran out of the courtroom in tears. He didn’t see his mother for 6 years and he never saw his father again though his parents loved him and his siblings very much.
Odd Jobs, Crime and Prison Time, and the FBI
From there, Frank took low-paying jobs until he fell into a life of crime where he passed bad checks, impersonated an airline pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer and did prison time in France, Switzerland, and the United States where he was offered a shortened sentence in exchange for his willingness to help the FBI.
After he completed his required time with the FBI, he chose to stay on for 32 more years. He married a wonderful woman who helped turn his life around, and they had three children who have done excellently in life including one who completed a law degree and went to work as an FBI agent himself.
I want to share this man’s deeply touching testimony of the impact of loving parents and divorce on a child’s life.