Have you ever met someone that you swore you knew only to realise later that he/she is a real-life version of a character in a book?
I met “Forney Hull” in my local library. I swear, it’s him and it’s not him and it’s him.
Forney Hull is a librarian in Where The Heart Is by Billie Letts.
Read more about the book and movie, here on Wikipedia. The book was lovely. Anyway, Forney and the local librarian are similar from their looks to their shy demeanor to their struggle to make easy conversation. It’s uncanny. I have to wonder if anyone else has made the connection or if I’m just odd. It’s happened before.
The book is about a young woman who struggles through life as a single mother in the midwestern United States. She was abandoned again and again throughout her life, by parents, family, friends, and the father of her child. The last leaves her stranded at a Walmart with barely a penny in her pocket. They’re driving cross-country to find work and make a better life for themselves together in California. They make a quick stop so eight-month-pregnant Novalee can use the bathroom and run an errand. She comes back outside to find her few belongings left in a parking space horribly devoid of the car and the man she was expecting there.
Farther along in the story, Novalee meets Forney. If you pick up the book, you’ll witness the remarkable role he plays in helping her collect the pieces of her life that have been strewn across the floor.
The book, I think, is a solid reminder to walk slowly, know yourself and ask for help when you need it. This canvas tells me the same thing.