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Perhaps you’re gazing at a place, a Tower, where you feel that life would be better. But perhaps you’re already in the Tower that offers you the most. Don’t always look over the fence at potentially greener grass. The grass beneath your feet may be the lushest, greenest and most rewarding. And it’s there for you now. This Christmas, please count your Bessings.
The illustration is from the chapter in The Legend of Vysallimore called: The Promise.
It represents a son’s promise to his father.
A promise is spoken trust, respect and personal character. Breaking a promise is an act of self destruction. As we move towards a New Year and New Year’s Resolutions, what promises will you be making and promising to keep?
On the final page, you will find this verse: “The Red tower is still standing. But where the old Inn stood, There’s now a Holy Chapel, Whose name means triple good.”
That Holy Chapel does really exist. There’s a picture of it here. Triple good refers to its full name. The chapel is now called “The Chapel of the Thrice Blessed Virgin Mary.” Pope John Paul the Second has visited this sacred place.
In the movie called: “Feast of Love”, Oscar calls his on-screen father “abusive” and “a drunk.” Oscar was played Toby Hemingway, my son. It was very strange sitting in the theater hearing one’s son say how much his hated his father, albeit on-screen! And while I’m pretty sure neither criticism could be aimed at me, his real life father, it was still definitely an eerie moment. It made me wonder if us fathers ever sit down with our chidren and ask to hear criticism. Ask to hear what we could improve to be better fathers. I’m sure this would lead to even closer relationships. I’m going to do this today.
Paddy Hemingway is the one on the right.
MONDAY AUGUST 26TH 1940 16.00 hrs
Pilot officer J.A. (Paddy) Hemingway. D.S.O. baled out of his Hawker Hurricane over the Thames Estuary After combat with Me 109 fighters. He landed safely near the Barge Public house in Pitsea, and his aircraft crashed into the marshes at Fobbing Essex.
Just eight days earlier at 17.45 hrs on the 18th August 1940, P/o Hemingway in Hurricane V7249, had been shot down by return fire from a Ju 88 over the Thames Estuary. He baled out of the aircraft and was rescued by a light ship12 miles East of Clacton, Essex.
In this combat Hemingway lost one of his best pals, Flying Officer R.H.A. (Dicky) Lee.
I often get asked if I’m related to Ernest Hemingway as we have the same last name. The answer is no. Unfortunately. But what’s in a name anyway? In The Legend of Vysallimore, the Knight’s two children are called CorEvan and Sulleva. CorEvan is named after my 5 year old son who used to called himself CorEvan because he heard his own words saying: “I’m called Evan.” Hence he thought he was Cor-Evan. Sullivan is my 7 year old son. Sulleva is the Knight’s daughter. Will this gender swtch be a problem one day? I do hope not. After all, what’s in a name anyway?