I’m back. Sorry I’ve been away so long. I wrote a blog post saying as much and then I found out that Gene Wilder passed away. So, I ended up writing something about Wilder/Wonka to post instead. It has a bit more serious tone than I intended, but I think it has a good message, so I’m going to leave it.
Gene Wilder was an amazing talent and seemed like a sweet, gentle soul. And while his passing is very sad, he left us many treasures to look back upon and enjoy. One of these treasures is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It has always been one of my favorite movies. Wilder’s portrayal of Wonka makes the movie what it is. He throws himself into the role and is the embodiment of the wild, eccentric chocolate maker. There are so many wonderfully quotable moments. One of my favorites will always be when Wonka quotes the poem Ode by Arthur O’Shaughnessy, “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” Here’s the entirety of the poem’s first stanza:
We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
It is up to us to be makers. It is up to us to create, not wait for someone else to create it. Don’t wait until you think you are good enough. Start now. Grab on to today and put something out into the world. It could be a poem for a loved one, a drawing for yourself, a dinner for a friend, the list is endless. Put it out there and you never know where it may lead. It doesn’t have to be perfect. (I think we learned that a few posts ago.) Put a little piece of yourself out there and be content in knowing that you are enriching the world, even if it’s your own little slice. You never know what tomorrow holds, make the most of today. I need to take that advice myself. Be a little like Wonka, try to remember to push the whimsy.
Rest in peace, Mr. Wilder. Thanks for all that you created and put out into the world.
P.S. On a side note, I was waiting for permission from someone to use a hand-lettered picture of the quote that I had found on the internet. It hit me this morning that I’m posting about not waiting on someone else to make something. So, I sat down today and lettered the quote myself. Yay!
Also, Mike and I talked about Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on his podcast, if you feel up to it, you can listen along on as we laugh and talk about the movie.