The Coen Brothers recently released their movie version of Charles Portis’ 1968 novel True Grit, and it’s a blockbuster. Who would have thought Jeff Bridges could play one of John Wayne’s iconic roles so well? It just goes to show that we all need more “true grit.”
“Grit” has many definitions. Grits (always plural) is the edible food that Southerners love to eat. Another definition is: “loose particles of stone or sand.” These two movies refer to the definition of “courage and determination.” I can’t help wondering if more children had read this book when they were growing up if our young adults would be tougher today.
We seem to be seeing more cyber bullying today, and more suicides because of it. Would these hurting souls have been stronger if they had read the book True Grit; or possibly seen the Coen’s version of this story? Unfortunately we can’t ask these victims that question; all we can do is wonder and hope that we can all “buck up” when faced with adversity and find more true grit within ourselves for those difficult times when we need it.