A Weekly Offering of This n That

Rainy Day is my alter ego. She is the little angel that sits on one shoulder and whispers in my ear to forgo that 6" piece of triple chocolate fudge with the four scoops of ice cream on it; she is also the little devil who sits on my other shoulder and convinces me that I can eat just one bite of each and be satisfied, and then laughs with such great abandon when in fact, I eat the whole thing, she falls off my shoulder. Mostly, Rainy Day helps me see the humor in living and, mostly, she encourages me down the right path. Not necessarily the straight and narrow one (how fun is that?) but the path that offers the most adventure and fun.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Rainy Day and Real-Life Hero William Hickman

So, says Rainy Day, we've all read books that have played an important role in our lives, but, have any of those books saved our lives???

There was an interesting story in the news a day or two ago, about a 13 year old boy, William Hickman, who went hiking with his dad and younger brother up in the Cascades, not too far from where Rainy Day used to live (beautiful country!). The boy got hot, and thought he'd wade in the shallows of the river only to slip, fall, and get carried away over a 10-foot drop into a deep pool of water just above a 295-foot waterfall! Not the place to be.

Fortunately this young man not only reads books, he comprehends what he reads and was able to put some advice learned from the fantasy character Bobby Pendragon of the Pendragon Adventure books by D. J. MacHale: "go feet first, stay to the sides and kick off the rocks." William was cold, wet, scared, and smart! He remembered, and he acted, and he spent a terrifying time on a rock ledge, with a host of rescuers, until pulled to safety the next morning.

William is calling his rescuers 'heroes' as well he should, but I posit that William is, himself, a Hero for playing a huge part in saving himself! Read the nice comment Mr. MacHale wrote on his site. Watch the video of this amazing rescue. Note, this is raw footage, and slightly under 14 minutes in length, and begins with a few stills to set up the actual scene.

This is a great story, with a happy ending. And books played a huge role in that ending. Books and a young man's bravery under very adverse conditions. Of course, there were many other unmentioned heroes – the teachers who taught him to read and comprehend what he read and the parents who encouraged him in his reading. Not to mention the publishers who made the books available. And why is Rainy Day so interested? Because she writes books (as well as blogs;-). And she writes books for the young and the young at heart. And though she hopes none of her readers will ever face such a horrifying situation as young Mr. Hickman did, she hopes her readers will come away from her books having learned something that will help them live happy, productive, and very, very long lives.

Has a book ever saved your life? Or made a profound difference in your life? Rainy Day would love to hear about the book and the role it played!

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