Fast forward a bit. When Noland is back home working on his assimilation back into civilization, he's talking with his ex-fiance, played by Helen Hunt. And in talking about how he made it through what could only have been some of the most excruciatingly painful moments a person could ever experience, he said something along the lines of the following. I think this quote is word-for-word because when I heard the line, I remember running over to my laptop to peck out the words:
"...and that's when this feeling came over me like a warm blanket. I knew, somehow, that I had to stay alive. Somehow. I had to keep breathing. Even though there was no reason to hope … And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. And who knows what the tide could bring?..."Well, I've never been stranded on a desert island. But I have my moments where … well … I can feel pretty down, doubting what I’m doing at any given moment. And this morning I was pretty much in the soup. I don’t know. Maybe the Mets losing eight out of nine had something to do with it. But I did what every person does when they get that way - I went to get a haircut. And almost as soon as I stepped into Plaza West (my new hair joint), my frown turned into a smile. (Snap) Just like that.
Enter: Frank. Forget about the fact that this gentleman gave me an A-1 haircut. (Michael, you’d be proud). It was the experience that proved to be the perfect salve. Frank and I talked about all kinds of things. Of course, at one point the conversation turned to our backgrounds, lives, etc..., which, of course, gave me a chance to tell him a bit about Eldercation. And then, within about fifteen seconds, Frank was creating a list of folks for possible interviews, even going so far as introducing me to people in the shop. And then, of course, there’s Frank, himself.
“You could interview me,” he laughed.
“I would lov…”
“No, No ….” He pushed his hands down, motioning that the idea was a silly one.
“What’s your age?” I asked.
“Over 70 but, I haven’t done mu….”
Okay. So I can not tell you how many people have fed me that same line; telling me how their lives aren’t all that interesting. But, if there's one thing I've learned over the years and on this trip, in particular, everyone .... I mean every single human being on the face of this good Earth - has a story to tell. And every one of those stories is interesting.
One thing is certain. I will be be heading back to Plaza West and not merely for a great haircut. I'll be heading back to talk baseball, American history and marinara sauce with Frank, (he’s Italian).
So, there you have it.
Look what the tide washed in this morning.