I was going to write about Ben
Cardall's 'The Roobik Booklet", but after some lengthy thought, I've
decided to put that post off until next week.
Instead, I thought I'd take a moment to address something that has
greater application and broader importance.
Earlier this week, I read on a
social media site that Jose Prager (the owner of this fine website) suffered
the loss of his grandfather. Accompanying
the announcement was a picture of this man, laying on his side, holding the
hand of his great-grandson. The caption above
the image read "He showed me how to use magic to change people."
I don't know why, but I was
touched by the quiet dignity of this man, depicted reaching out to a member of
the younger generation. And the caption
made me realize how powerful the gift of amazement is, especially in a world
that makes such tremendous demands upon its citizens. The magic that he shared makes us all young
again and lets us see the world through fresh new eyes and, if only for a
moment, the impossible is possible.
As I sat gazing at this picture,
I felt that the loss was not Jose's alone - though he undoubtedly felt it
keenest - but it was a loss suffered by all of us. I was reminded of Hemmingway's statement:
"And therefore never send to
know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
The loss of a comrade is the loss
of the whole brigade.
I extend my gratitude and respect to this man.
He helped to safeguard, propagate and uphold a tradition that means a great deal
Like many before him, and many
after, he will be missed - but the magic that he created will live on in the
smiles of those who remain, always.