A Walk to Remember
A Walk to Remember
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In 1958, Beaufort, North Carolina, which is located on the coast near
Morehead City, was a place like many other small southern towns. It was
the kind of place where the humidity rose so high in the summer that
walking out to get the mail made a person feel as if he needed a shower,
and kids walked around barefoot from April through October beneath oak
trees draped in Spanish moss. People waved from their cars whenever they
saw someone on the street whether they knew him or not, and the air
smelled of pine, salt, and sea, a scent unique to the Carolinas. For many
of the people there, fishing in the Pamlico Sound or crabbing in the
Neuse River was a way of life, and boats were moored wherever you saw the
Intracoastal Waterway. Only three channels came in on the television,
though television was never important to those of us who grew up there.
Instead our lives were centered around the churches, of which there were
eighteen within the town limits alone. They went by names like the
Fellowship Hall Christian Church, the Church of the Forgiven People, the
Church of Sunday Atonement, and then, of course, there were the Baptist
churches. When I was growing up, it was far and away the most popular
denomination around, and there were Baptist churches on practically every
corner of town, though each considered itself superior to the others.
There were Baptist churches of every type -- Freewill Baptists, Southern
Baptists, Congregational Baptists, Missionary Baptists, Independent
Baptists ... well, you get the picture.
Back then, the big event of the year was sponsored by the Baptist church downtown -- Southern, if you really want to know -- in conjunction with the local high school. Every year they put on their Christmas pageant at the Beaufort Playhouse, which was actually a play that had been written by Hegbert Sullivan, a minister who'd been with the church since Moses parted the Red Sea. Okay, maybe he wasn't that old, but he was old enough that you could almost see through the guy's skin. It was sort of clammy all the time, and translucent -- kids would swear they actually saw the blood flowing through his veins -- and his hair was as white as those bunnies you see in pet stores around Easter.
Anyway, he wrote this play called The Christmas Angel, because he didn't want to keep on performing that old Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. In his mind Scrooge was a heathen, who came to his redemption only because he saw ghosts, not angels -- and who was to say whether they'd been sent by God, anyway? And who was to say he wouldn't revert to his sinful ways if they hadn't been sent directly from heaven? The play didn't exactly tell you in the end -- it sort of plays into faith and all -- but Hegbert didn't trust ghosts if they weren't actually sent by God, which wasn't explained in plain language, and this was his big problem with it. A few years back he'd changed the end of the play -- sort of followed it up with his own version, complete with old man Scrooge becoming a preacher and all, heading off to Jerusalem to find the place where Jesus once taught the scribes. It didn't fly too well -- not even to the congregation, who sat in the audience staring wide-eyed at the spectacle -- and the newspaper said things like "Though it was certainly interesting, it wasn't exactly the play we've all come to know and love...."
So Hegbert decided to try his hand at writing his own play.
About the Author-
With over 95 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include twelve #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all his books, including Three Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Nine of Nicholas Sparks's novels-The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle-were also adapted into major motion pictures with The Longest Ride coming in Spring 2015. In 2011, he established the Nicholas Sparks Foundation to inspire and transform students' lives through education, curriculum development, and life-changing international experiences. To learn more, go to www.NicholasSparksFoundation.org. The author lives in North Carolina with his wife and family. You can visit him at www.NicholasSparks.com.
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