Just some thoughts:
You ever do something and you’re not sure why?
Maybe a silly question as I would probably answer that question with “yes, lots of times.”
On one of my trips back home to Indiana I went to visit the home of Ernie Pyle. It is out near a very small rural community called Dana in Vermilion County in western Indiana. The day I was there practically no one else was. It was kinda cold, windy Indiana day. Walking around I remembered something Andy Rooney(who had served in the Army with Pyle) had once said of Pyle, how he paid attention to things others did not noticed. Andy Rooney said something that I thought was interesting about Pyle.
“He made his own stories with little things others of us hardly or never noticed.”
“Ernie never offered any opinion about who was winning or losing the war. He just told little stories about the men fighting it.”
Andy Rooney–60 Years of Wisdom and Wit–Andrew Rooney
To me there is something really special about people who pay attention to “little things,” to details, to things others never notice or even think about.
It was said of Pyle that he was so good, so well respected at what he did, that his reputation enhanced the reputation of all other correspondences.
Not sure why I went, maybe sometimes one just feels a debt of thanks, a note of acknowledgement. Maybe that’s why I went.
May 31, 2019