Writing About Safe Havens for the Heart
Toni Noel presents:
Raising Rudy Holt
In this coming-of-age story about a grandfather raising his grandson life has not been kind to Sam Holt. First he buried his son Sammy, after the Navy pilot's helicopter crashed in Alaska on a training mission. Sammy's wife Christy then moved in with Lu Holt and Sam to await the birth of their first grandchild, Rudy.
The foursome enjoyed two fulfilling years of happiness. Then Christy sickened and died, leaving Sam and Lu to raise Rudy. They threw heart and soul into the task and Rudy flourished, made friends easily, never pouted or talked back to them, and loved school, which was a good thing. An elementary school principal, Sam expected his grandson to toe the line. Rudy did, except for a minor infraction following Lu's untimely death.
Sam's real trouble raising Rudy alone began in the fall of his senior year in high school. Sam demanded Rudy pick several colleges and universities he'd like to attend and apply for admission. Since Rudy did not yet know what he wanted to do with his life, he thought sending him to college would be a waste of Sam's hard-earned money, and told him so.
Sam knew the importance of getting a good education, but was unable to change Rudy's mind. After nearly two years of bickering, grandfather and grandson shared the same house, but barely spoke, and were still arguing about which college acceptance offer Rudy should accept at his high school graduation.
Rudy put an end to the arguing by running away to Alaska to find himself. He had always been overly curious about Alaska, and the people he meets help shape him into the admirable young man he is destined to become.
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