Write Again . . . A beautiful story

Published 5:39 pm Friday, June 7, 2019

Our good friend and almost-a-neighbor, Eleanor, dropped off a note to us recommending a “beautiful story on TV” a short while ago.

It was titled “My Love, Don’t Cross that River,” a POV (“Point of View”) documentary on UNC-EX to be aired May 26 and May 27.

Were it not for that channel, the History channel, Animal Planet, UNC PBS channel, a news channel and the Weather channel, we would probably watch very little television. Very little. Reading is our first love.

About that hour-long documentary. It was about a Korean couple: he, 95 and she, 90. They wed when he was 19 and she was 14. They did not fully consummate their marriage for three years, though they cared very deeply for each other, even at those tender ages. He was a gentleman, very respectful of her youth.

Their lives were difficult, as they had little in the way of material blessings. Even their home and surroundings bespoke anything but affluence. We would call it primitive, at best.

But, oh, how rich they were. Their devotion to, and love for, each other was a beautiful thing to see, as it was for their six surviving children, also.

The story of their lives, and then the time of their parting, is both inspirational, and painfully bittersweet.

To watch their “story” and not be emotionally affected is almost unimaginable. Yet I do know that pathos is not given to each of us in the same measure.

Rare is the day that I don’t respond to something I see, or hear, or read — or simply recall — and am moved to tears. Rare is the day.

We’re not all alike, though, for sure. Some enjoy movies that depict violence, that portray macho men making quips (such as “Make my day”) as they go about violence.

And some seem to like, even admire, even in their leaders, these who insult, ridicule, demean and bully others. Those who seem not to believe that we all have a shared humanity. That we are brothers and sisters.

Those who seem to evince such characteristics, traits, would probably not be affected by the documentary I mentioned.

Being easily moved emotionally is simply who I am.

As one of the great Greek philosophers said millenia ago: “To know thyself is the foundation stone of knowledge.”

May your weekend be a pleasant one.

APROPOS — “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.”

John Donne

(“Devotions,” 1624)