Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Dénouement

Wow. Just Wow.

Last post I told you about the pirate adventure that Bill Harris constructed for his six year old son. I thought it was the coolest thing ever and I couldn't wait to read how it all turned out.

As expected Bill's piece about the day of the adventure makes great reading but even I was surprised at just how great it is.

What I wasn't expecting was that the core of this piece is not about the wild excitement of a six year old who thinks he has just dug up buried treasure. The real heart of the piece is Bill's painfully honest description of the moment when he realises that in creating the greatest adventure of his kid's life he has also set the youngster up for ridicule at the hands of the cynical old men of first grade.

It is a terrific piece of writing and I am not sure if I have ever read a better insight into what it is like to be a man and a father.

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