Tuesday, December 13, 2011

the 700 club

i bribed jess to come over and help me with some catch up programming assignments by including "the two towers" as part of the deal tonight. in between dealing with archaic compiler errors, i overheard this:

frodo: i can't do this, sam.

sam: i know. it's all wrong. by rights we shouldn't even be here. but we are. it's like in the great stories, mr. frodo. the ones that really mattered. full of darkness and danger, they were. and sometimes you didn't want to know the end. because how could the end be happy? how could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? but in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. even darkness must pass. a new day will come. and when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. those were the stories that stayed with you. that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. but i think, mr. frodo, i do understand. i know now. folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. they kept going. because they were holding on to something.

frodo: what are we holding onto, sam?

sam: that there's some good in this world, mr. frodo... and it's worth fighting for.

for me and also for any of you who needed to be reminded of what we already know.


kwistin said...

i really love that you shared this.

tricia used to always quote that to me when i was struggling. i hadn't heard it in a while.

thanks for reminding me of what....well, you know. : )

The Former 786 said...

That Sam. . .he really is wise.

The Former 786 said...

Darn. I originally had the mock HTML code saying < bad joke > and < / bad joke > in that previous post. But I guess Blogger thought it was actual HTML.