In the AARP Bulletin, of which I am old enough to read, there is a conversation with Sully Sullenberger, the pilot who five years ago safely landed a jet on the Hudson River saving 155 passengers and crew.
Among his many experiences since, Sully was invited to Obama’s first inaugural ball. After being introduced to Obama, the President turned to Sully’s wife and said,”America considers him a hero.”
And Sully’s wife Lorrie said, “Well, the world may think him a hero, but he still snores!”
And that is what makes heroes real.
During the month of December, my wife and I renewed the National Geographic Magazine. It is one of those magazines that has been around longer than we have.
During the years of subscribing to it, I have seldom read the articles. Not only because the pictures capture my attention, but because the prose never engaged me. Not so with at least one article in the January 2014 edition.
Everyone should read “Kayapo Courage.” We found it captivating. It even employed our highlighters.
I don’t like the word “passive.” Does anyone like this word? Its worse than introvert, a word that once brought fear to my soul. Another word, boring. At one time, I could trash all of them.
I am continuing in Reading Like a Writer. Francine Prose writes of Gertrude Stein’s love of sentences and of Hemingway. A couple of examples are given of Hemingway writing about an aging bullfighter.
The bullfighter is toughing it out in spite of depressing experiences brought on by age. Given Hemingway’s choice of ending in life, I gave prophetic nature to his words. As in many writings, what we think it means, it may not mean at all.
Writing brings me closer to the prophetic, but I think in ways that might change the future. Writing can take my fears and lay them out in twilight. Sometimes I find the sun to be rising and at others to be setting. As I see it, writing’s job is take me to where Hemingway took the bullfighter. Against all odds, toughing it out. Being brave where the brave dare not go.
But maybe not. What say you?