I just finished watching the movie “McFarland” on the flight back to the USA from England. In case you haven’t seen it, it is the story of a high School coach in CA who successfully coaches a cross-country team. In my view, it is Kevin Cosner’s best performance since “Dances with Wolves.” The story resonated with me given that my close younger brother coached HS cross-country for over 40 years. As a former competitive runner, it also spoke to me on another level, and being of Hispanic heritage, it was a virtual cinematic hat-trick.
In my view, it is essentially a love story. An Anglo moves into a Mexican community, runs into cultural adversity. He gradually falls in love, first with his athletes, then with the whole community. As I watched the theme of love kept resounding.
Love is a powerful emotion. As I have mentioned previously, love is a theme that is foundational to much poetry, novels, and plays. Love is a wonderful thing, not fully appreciated by so many, because perhaps, so few have experienced it.
“All you need is love”, sang the Beatles. Well, not exactly, but they had a good start. Love is compelling. Love is motivating.
Love is patient.
Love is kind.
Love seeketh not her own.
Love never faileth.
The greatest of these is…