onetreehill

Albert Camus once wrote, “Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.” But I wonder if there’s no breaking, then there’s no healing. And if there’s no healing, then there’s no learning. And if there’s no learning, then there’s no struggle. But struggle is a part of life. So must all hearts be broken?
—  Lucas Scott, One Tree Hill
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one tree hill » Flightless Bird, American Mouth

“It’s been host to authors, NBA players, local legends, and fashion designers. Notable musicians have played here. Both concerts and games of force. And on gentle summer nights as the cicada rhythms of worn leather on fading asphalt mixes with the white noise of the distant nightlife across the cape fear. Kids have grown up here. I should know, I was one of them. Now development threatens to erase this place. Commerce is commerce. That’s not really the point, is it? The truth is, a town’s identity is made up of places like this one. And once they’re gone, they’re gone. Some people who care about this court have uncovered a nest nearby that could be the key to stopping the bulldozers you see behind me. But even so, do we have to find a technicality to preserve our town’s history? A lot of lost kids found their way to something better in this park. In a confusing world, at a confusing time in their lives, they found something that made sense here. And they became better people because of it. Surely that is worth preserving.”

It was a comet. The boy saw the comet and he felt as though his life had meaning. And when it went away, he waited his entire life for it to come back to him. It was more than just a comet because of what it brought to his life: direction, beauty, meaning. There are many who couldn’t understand, and sometimes he walked among them. But even in his darkest hours, he knew in his heart that someday it would return to him, and his world would be whole again… And his belief in God and love and art would be re-awakened in his heart. The boy saw the comet and suddenly his life had meaning.