Friday, February 26, 2010

The Human Factor

by G.Parker

If you're as into figure skating as I am, then you've been watching the young women skating this week with much anticipation, amazement and admiration. Especially one young woman, that I think will go down in history.

She won a Bronze metal last night, but I think she won over the world. The Canadian skater, Joannie Rochette, lost her mother Sunday -- two days before the competition began. Many of us have lost a parent, and we know how difficult it is to function at all, let alone perform amazing athletics. She did an amazing program on Tuesday, and then burst into tears. I think everyone cried along with her.

It's the stuff stories are made from, are full of and make us want to read more. If this were a book, we'd be anxiously awaiting how she dealt with life from now on. Does she meet someone that helps her get through it? Is she a strength to her father? Those are all questions that we have as we read a book that really pulls us in. It's the human factor. The part that makes us feel apart of whatever is going on. We can sympathize and feel the emotions the character is going through.

This will be my last Olympic entry, since the games end Sunday. Once again I will be sad to see them go, but it will be a relief to get back on with running my household and back to writing. Yes, I've been neglecting it shamefully, but now I have lots of material to store away for future thought and characters.

Lot's of the human factor.

See you next week!


L.T. Elliot said...

I didn't see her performance but I've heard many accounts of it. I think it's remarkable that she had the strength to go on and I think her mom was right there beside her.

Braden Bell said...

That was very moving, and I like the questions you've raised. Interesting food for thought.