Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam:That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.
Ben is my youngest son and is one of my love stories. I could write pages of stories about Ben but I’ll just stick to the tattoos today. He wanted to be day 20 since he is 20 years old.
Ben loves movies. He knows when any new movie is going to come out. He watches the behind the scenes, learns about the actors, directors, soundtracks and can generally tell you anything that you want to know. One of his favorites is The Lord of the Rings trilogy. When the actors finished filming they all (except Gimli) got a tattoo of the elvish symbol for the nine. That of course was Ben’s first tattoo. The second was the writing from the ring and the third the dragon from “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. He plans to get three more so I’m sure you’ll see more of Ben on the blog.