Love & The Trout Stream

My son, Tony (left), and Zach Gildorf from The River Why movie, on set at the fly shop (NWFFO)

The movie The River Why was on some channel this morning. I read the book when it was first released in 1983. A few years ago, the film was filmed, in part, at a local fly shop where my son worked. It was fun to see the set up and behind the scenes effort. I knew parts were also filmed down along the Wilson River. So, I sat through the movie and found it over all scenic, distracting and somewhat cheesy at times. Most of it was highly improbable and awkward in the mechanics, but the message was the point. I particularly like the final sentence.

But, the final passages in the movie, plus Gus’s reconnecting with his parents was the most enjoyable aside from the sunshine artfully streaming down upon Amber Heard‘s blond locks.

“People often don’t know what they are talking about, but when they talk about love, they really don’t know what they are talking about. The one sure thing you can say about love, is that there isn’t much you can say about it. Not that you shouldn’t try. You can make analogies, love is like a lot of things. One thing it is like is a trout stream. Try to capture a trout stream with a dam, and you get a lake. Try to catch it in a bucket, and you get a bucket of water. Put some under a microscope, and you get a closeup look at some writhing amorphous microcooties. But a trout stream is only a trout stream when its flowing between two banks, at it own pace, and in its own sweet way.”

This isn’t a movie review, believe me. It is just that I liked that final passage in the movie and the scenery. The book is worth a read for sure.

4 Responses to “Love & The Trout Stream”

  1. July 28, 2012 at 19:04

    my friend and I ( I beleive yours, too) Melissa Howard, hope to honor you in some way for spreading the word about AED’s and chest compression….stay tuned…why could this have not been common knowledge when my son needed it? I would love to stop some other child from loosing his life for nothing and some family from the unspeakable hell that is now my world…thank you again, beebeesworld


    • July 28, 2012 at 19:31

      Oh my. No need to honor me. Your responses and the dignity with which you carry yourself is reward enough for me. Having come upon you in recent days is my reward. Your strength is touching. Truly thank you!



      • July 29, 2012 at 18:56

        I only wish I was as strong as my fellow bloggers saw me-Have you ever read the words to Lynyrd Skynyrds “Still Unbroken”? They have always been my favorite group-I gave the word to “simple Man” to my oldest son for his 18th b-day-nearly 19 yrs ago. Any strength i have, I draw from being able to put some of my pain into words, I’ve always tried to be the best mom, daughter, my family means so much. I can see yours does too. I continue to enjoy your blog-my oldest son loves fishing. I love to study nature, spiders, insects, plants, flowers, and love to write. I’m so glad I found your blog. I have “met” so many wonderful people on wordpress!. Thanks for your kind words. beebeesworld


        • July 29, 2012 at 20:35

          Thank you for the kind remarks and your energy. Many of us are depleted, just treading along at times. Your vitality and sincerity + your life experiences are a reminder that the bittersweet struggle can be made with the comfort from others we ‘meet’ along the way. I appreciate your visits!



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