Monday, December 10, 2007

Capote and Christmas

Truman Capote has a series of short stories he wrote surrounding the Christmas season. I just finished A Christmas Memory. A significant moment occurs at the end when the main character, a young boy is flying kites with his elderly friend. The friend says, "My, how foolish I am! You know what I've always thought? I've always thought a body would have to be sick and dying before they saw the Lord. And I imagined that when He came it would be like looking at the Baptist window: pretty as colored glass with the sun pouring through, such a shine you don't know it's getting dark. And it's been a comfort: to think of that shine taking away all the spooky feeling. But I'll wager it never happens. I'll wager at the very end a body realizes the Lord has already shown Himself. That things as they are, just what they've always seen, was seeing Him. As for me, I could leave the world with today in my eyes."

1 comment:

Carey said...

i have resurfaced from the deep hole of papers, presentations, and exams-i'm happy to be able to read about your thoughts and daily happenings and feel like we are chatting face to face.