Just some thoughts:
Everyone has one, an epilogue.
“The final scene that comments on or summaries the main action.”
Epilogues are written at the end of one’s time to kinda give clarity, information or definition to ones life, previous existence. Kinda like….”well now here is the rest or here is how the story ended.”
I really liked the movie and the book “Seabiscuit.” Liked it so well that I’ve watched the movie more than once and likewise have gone back and read the book again. Some parts numerous times.
Many people figured into the life and success of this famous horse. Two in particular were Tom Smith.and Red Pollard.
Smith, the famous trainer of Seabiscuit would later fade into obscurity.
“He spent his last days sitting alone on Baldwin Avenue, just outside the track fence watching his sport go on without him. Smith was excluded from racing’s Hall of Fame for more than forty years after his death. He descended into obscurity just as he had risen from it. At Forest Lawn in Glendale, California, on a cold day in 1957 they buried the man. Almost no one came.”
Red Pollard was the famous jockey who rode to fame and many victories on Seabiscuit.
“Pollard wound up sorting mail in the track post office, then working as a valet, cleaning the boots of other riders. Pollard suffered from so many physical problems that he could no longer get along by himself. His children had no choice but to place him in a nursing home. In 1981 uttering not a word he slipped away.”
The passing of both men went without much note or fanfare.
Everyone has an epilogue. Fame can often be cruel and certainly a fading thing.
They say that some people become more famous in death than life. The opposite can also be true. Sadly in too many cases in death some never know of that person’s fame.
Personally I think it is important to keep the names and memories of our family members alive and recognizable to the generation that comes after them.
Wonder what our epilogue might be.
May 29, 2019
Posted June 23, 2019