"For 30 years I've been doing this. It starts to feel hard to love your job when no one else seems to like you for doing it"
The story of a regular guy just looking for some recognition.
So here it is, the movie that showcases the fact that so many of us go through the motions of every day, doing what's expected of us, and sometimes it's god damn tiring--especially when no one seems to appreciate or give you the recognition you deserve.
Tonight I watched To Kill A Mockingbird for the first time in about four or five years and it reminded me just how powerful this story is.
I completely forgot about one of the final scenes of the book where father, lawyer, and all around inspiring gentleman, Atticus Finch stands on his porch, with the town Sheriff, in complete disarray because he son was badly beaten by the town drunk who was then found dead with a knife in his side. The audience knows that it's the recluse and biggest mystery of the story, Boo Radley, who finally comes out of the shadows to rescue the kids, and kills that bastard of a drunk. While, Atticus worries that his son killed the drunk in self defense and pondered how he would approach this predicament with the authorities..it's the Sheriff is quick to put everything in perspective.
To me, this is the scene that solidifies why this movie is so poignant.
I suggest you watch this movie at some point.
Atticus Finch: I must be losing my memory. I can't remember whether Jem is twelve or thirteen. Anyway it'll have to come before the county court. Of course it's a clear cut case of self defense. I'll ahh, well I'll run down to the office...
Sheriff Tate: Mr. Finch do you think Jem stabbed Bob Ewell - is that what you think? Your boy never killed anyone.
[Atticus and Sheriff Heck Tate look at Boo]
Sheriff Tate: Bob Ewell fell on his knife - he killed himself.
Sheriff Tate: There's a black man dead for no reason. Now the man responsible for it is dead. Let the dead bury the dead this time Mr. Finch. I never heard tell it was against the law for any citizen to do his utmost to prevent a crime from being committed, which is exactly what he did. But maybe you'll tell me it's my duty to tell the town all about it and not to hush it up. Well you know what'll happen then? All the ladies in Maycomb including my wife will be knocking on his door bringing angel food cakes. To my way of thinking, taking the one man who's done you and this town a big service and dragging him with his shy ways into the limelight - to me that's a sin... it's a sin. And I'm not about to have it on my head. I may not be much Mr. Finch, but I'm still sheriff of Maycomb County and Bob Ewell fell on his knife. Good night sir.
"I have this dream of being whole. Of not going to sleep each night, wanting. But still sometimes, when the wind is warm or the crickets sing... I dream of a love that even time will lie down and be still for. I just want someone to love me. I want to be seen. I don't know. Maybe I had my happiness. I don't want to believe it but, there is no man, Gilly. Only that moon"