She watched the old man, who had brought her there, as he went about adding more forgettable things to what was already forgotten.
So he worked, he lived and wondered where his life would lead if he only followed a half-way street that seemed to lead nowhere… to see if it didn’t.
Every night that followed, at 9pm, she’d come from behind the bar and whisper to me, “Behave…”
He studied it as he had a thousand, thousand, times; the only picture he had. He loved the strength of her shoulders and the taste-memory of kissing her lightly freckled skin, nuzzling down to slip the cloth from her breasts with only his lips.
“How do you learn from Fools, dad?”
I turned the volume down (sorry, Steven Tyler). “Well,” I sat at the end of the table. “It’s important to pay attention to all kinds of people around you. But mostly those close to you that you might listen to or think you can learn from. You have to watch to see how they act and interact—what they say and do, especially the impression they give you. And then compare that to reality.”
How do you start to tell your story? It all begins with a single step…
My four daughters (ages 25, 17 and twins that are 13) know Humphrey Bogart is my favorite actor from what I consider the Golden Age of Hollywood… I’m a writer and even wrote a blog piece about Bogie about how though I like John Wayne, too… Bogart was best.
He looked at her across the fire, the flame’s dance of light and shadow on the stone wall, as she sat with her head down. He turned his back to the fire and looked out into the night. “The road seems so much longer when we have no dreams to believe. And we have no destination… life has no purpose.” He heard the steady sound of water running down the mountain and knew it would wear away more rock. “It stayed that way until I decided one day to start walking and not stop until I found what I sought.”
We stared at her…she was an Amazon; regally tall and as far above us as the moon over mud. But I was committed to my plan.
“No!” she screamed and was on the verge of giving up. Then she remembered something a wise man, the leader of her group, had told her… it was such an important lesson…