In honor of the New Year, I’m going to admit that I’ve officially gotten back together with my son’s father. A long time ago, we read Into the Wild together (way before it was a movie). We were on a road trip, and I’m ashamed to say that we laughed at Chris McCandless’s antics until we realized the gravity of his situation when he was in Alaska, near the end of the book. It was shocking to us that he’d abandon his life to “tramp,” and we certainly couldn’t understand why he’d give up his cash and his car. Nonetheless we found it entertaining until it inevitably broke our hearts.
This year, for Christmas, I gave him a new copy of the book, as well as Back to the Wild– the photographs and writings (postcards, letters, etc) of Chris McCandless, and it is a worthy purchase for anyone that’s read the book or watched the movie. Not only does it contain page-by-page fascinating images, but the proceeds of the sale benefit the Christopher Johnson McCandless Memorial Foundation, which aids needy mothers and their small children. If you’ve ever had any interest in the book or the movie of Into the Wild, I highly recommend you check it out.
Happy New Year to all, and may you all get back to your joy, or find it for the first time.