May 5, 2021

Wisdom In The Moonlight

"You know, we just don't recognize the most significant moments of our lives while they're happening. Back then I thought, well, there'll be other days. I didn't realize that that was the only day."

Field of Dreams was released on this day in 1989.  It is by far my favorite baseball movie, and one of the few films with an ending that makes me cry every time I see it.

This line was said by Archie "Moonlight" Graham (played by the great Burt Lancaster) to Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner).  It struck me the first time I heard it when I was a kid, and I've thought about it many times in the years that followed.  I tend to think of it when I'm watching a sunset.  It's not something that I think to do very often.  However, whether I did it once a year or every day of my life, it doesn't change the fact that there will come a time when I will see it for the last time.  In all likelihood, I won't know it at the time; nevertheless, it will be the last time.

Life has a lot of moments like that.