Gov. Andrew Cuomo really bares his sole in his new memoir — writing that he still sometimes dons the shoes of his late father, former fellow New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.
“Since he died, when I have a special or difficult day, I wear my father’s shoes: literally!” writes Cuomo in “American Crisis,” released Tuesday.
“It sounds ridiculous, I know,” Cuomo conceded. “My father wasn’t a material person and we didn’t have many objects to remember him by after his death, but he loved shoes and I wear the same size as he did. My mother gave me my pick.”
Cuomo revealed that the regard his father — who died on New Year’s Day 2015 at the age of 82 — held for fine footwear was forged in his hardscrabble childhood during the Great Depression.
“My father’s love of his shoes stemmed from his growing up during the Great Depression era, when shoes were precious, so he bought quality shoes and took excellent care of them,” he wrote.
Cuomo also recalled his father’s last weeks, and a final promise they shared.
“He was ill and debilitated, and his quality of life had degenerated. In many ways he just didn’t want to go on,” wrote Cuomo. “So I resorted to making it personal. I told him I was several weeks away from inauguration day for my second term and needed him to help me work on the speech.”
Instead, the elder Cuomo vowed that he would hear his son’s inauguration speech.
“I looked at him and I said, ‘Do you promise?’ He looked at me and he said he promised. My father never broke a promise to me, nor I to him,” Cuomo recalled. “January 1 was the day of my inauguration. I gave the speech, and he heard it over the telephone. One hour after the speech, he passed away.
“True to his promise, always.”
Cuomo added that he hopes to leave behind comfort and warm memories for his daughters, just as his father did for him.
“My daughters were particularly fascinated with the ‘filling your father’s shoes’ psychological angle, but I wanted them to know how important he was to me and how much comfort I still take in feeling that he is with me,” he wrote. “I only hope that my daughters can get that sense of comfort from me when I’m gone.
“I am not sure my father would support everything I do in his shoes, but he would appreciate what they mean to me, and he would love that I still shine them the same way he taught me.”
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