“I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. ” -William Faulkner (1897-1962), Novelist, Nobel Prize Winner
“I know how to get to heaven, Mom.” Jordan said driving in the car yesterday sharing his thoughts with me as naturally as he would observe the crane working on the side of the road or point out that the sun was still shining so it must be daytime versus bedtime.
“Really?” I was interested.
“Yes! You fly there. I can fly there. I can fly up to the clouds just like Super Man or Batman.” He reported.
“Wow.” I commented. “That is good to know.”
“Yep.” He affirmed. “That’s how you get to heaven.”
Jordan has started to answer his own questions. Maybe he has given up on my lack of answers. Either way his little spirit completely fascinates me. At an age much earlier than most are ever required to figure out life, my little boy is proving that our human nature can overcome tragedy.
Much more than simply enduring he will rise above. His life will own a mark of distinction; one for his father’s sacrifice and another for his own compassion and determination to understand it.