I'm writing this after rewatching a beautifully crafted movie called "A River Runs Through It." It's about trout fishing, which is like saying "Gone With the Wind" is about the Civil War that divided this indivisible Union for four long, terrible years.
Or maybe the movie is about two brothers. Or maybe it's about memory.
All your faithful correspondent can say is that it taught me a great deal not only about trout fishing but about how fleeting our time is in the evanescent world we share, and to be aware of how precious that shared time is.
Mentally flipping through the various scenes of the movie the way one would a family album, its golden moments inspire one response after another.
• I once went trout fishing in
• I once had a brother. Time and his heart problems conspired to estrange us toward the end of his life, for he had been deprived of oxygen during his heart attack. But there was a time in my golden youth when he tried to steer me right and I paid rapt attention to his every word, move and gesture. I can see us perched on the front steps of our house in Shreveport, he handsome and knowing, and I a burly kid proudly holding our father's air-raid warden's helmet. All was right in our tight little world then. I still hold on to that image.
• We two brothers had a big sister who married a Yankee and went off to
• My mother's pale blue eyes shone again years later when I graduated from the
Immediately after the graduation ceremony was concluded, we graduates doffed our black academic robes, under which we'd worn our uniforms, and stepped forward to accept our first salute. We were all sure to drop the customary dollar bill in the hand of the noncom doing the saluting.
And you could see what my mother was thinking as surely as if it were spelled out in a thought balloon above her head. She had grown up on a battlefield of the First World War in
All of those golden moments came flooding back in an instant. I should have known they were too fleeting to last. For they should have been labeled: Perishable. Handle with care. The kind of moments you want to capture in a snapshot. But now as this