“So we dream on. Thus we invent our lives. We give ourselves a sainted mother, we make our father a hero; and someone’s older brother, and someone’s older sister—they become our heroes, too. We invent what we love, and what we fear. There is always a brave, lost brother—and a little lost sister, too. We dream on and on: the best hotel, the perfect family, the resort life. And our dreams escape us almost as vividly as we can imagine them.” from John Irving‘s The Hotel New Hampshire
The Hotel New Hampshire gives us such a great moment for the power of imagination and the human condition. And it has the greatest ending this side of The Great Gatsby. Although broken and flawed, we have been given the means to rise above it all. We have the power to invent, to create, to imagine. We saint and we cheer and make heroes. In the end, there is truly nothing to fear. We are called to live from who we were created to be.