‘A friend, a father figure, a mentor and a teacher to me’

Aug. 21, 2016

In 1978, according to Dr. Moore, a 5-year-old child named Kati Posey Toney “made my grandmother Mary Jackson Currence smile and giggle during my 1979 WSOC-TV Special. From that first meeting I knew you… were special.”

Today, Toney wrote to her Facebook friends:

“So, you know that meme that’s floated around that says “Someday somebody’s gonna hug you so tight they’ll put all the broken pieces back together”? Well, I’m fortunate to have a few friends who fit that description.

Kati Posey Toney
Kati Posey Toney

“But, aside from my Mama, there’s one friend who tops them all in this category and I got a surprise visit from him yesterday!! If you don’t know Thomas Moore, you really should! He is a profound keynote speaker on early childhood education and an extraordinary musician! He’s the epitome of unconditional love and someone I’ve been blessed to know nearly all of my life.

“He’s been a friend, a father figure, a mentor and a teacher to me… and that’s never changed. He challenges me to think outside my box to see a broader picture…whether it be for my life or life in general.

“He challenged me yesterday to consider writing music as he feels I’ve been gifted with words…and also music. It’s been a very long time since I’ve written music, and I almost feel as if that gift has left me… nor am I even sure of my “gift” with words, but I’m certainly considering the challenge.

“Now, going back to my first sentence, I’m not saying I’m ‘broken’ (but really, aren’t we all to some degree? Lol), in fact, at the moment, things are pretty OK with me. But when he hugged me yesterday, it literally felt as if any little thing that was out of place came back together. Thomas, you make this world a brighter place for all who know you on any level! Thank you for the visit! I love you!!”

Toney’s blog is here,