It was a chilly morning here in the Ozarks, following the first, at our house, of the extra-blanket nights, for fall has come late this year. We enjoyed our breakfast beside a toasty warm fire in the wood-burning stove. I think Ten Bears in the movie, Dances With Wolves, had it about right. Talking of simple pleasures before a good fire may be better than anything.
With Ten Bears, it was always more than a while. There was purpose in everything he did, and I knew he wanted me to stay. But I was sure of myself. I would be an excuse and that's all the Army would need to find this place. I pushed him as far as I could to move the camp. But in the end, he only smiled and talked of simple pleasures. He reminded me that at his age, a good fire was better than anything. Ten Bears was an extraordinary man.
(Dances With Wolves ~ John Dunbar)
|Ten Bears portrayed by a "Bully-Good Indian" from my Skookum collection|