So, one of Mate's New Year's Eve Traditions is to watch the thin Man movies back to back until the dark hours of the morning.
This year, he watched them as well, and Zoomboy and Squish came to love them, just like Chicken had before him.
And this year, Ted Turner came on during an intermission and told the following story--
William Powell, sad over the death of his fiancé, Jean Harlow, and recovering from cancer treatment, was resting in Europe. While in Europe he encountered a young man who was running somewhere, money clutched in his hand, but who got so excited when he saw William Powell. Mr. Powell got a translator, and the young boy told him that his parents had given him money to go see a movie. He was on the way to see a William Powell movie, because they made him laugh.
Mr. Powell returned to Hollywood shortly after that--because he remembered why he did what he did, and how important it was to some people and how much he loved doing it.
I love this story.
This year, may we find the reasons we do the important things. May we work to bring joy to others. May we recover from the hurts the world has given us. May the good we do the world outdo the bad the world has done to us.
Happy New Years, everybody! May our reason to have faith be running toward us, coins clutched happily in its fist.
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Winter Ball-- now available at Amazon.