The moral of this story is to live — I know that despite all this hype about vampires and immortality in today’s modern media, there is no such thing as living forever. So it’s not as if you actually have a choice to not live. At least, not in the literal sense. You can go about your life going to school and work and seeing your family, but some of the time, people forget to live. Really live, and not just be there.
Watching the movie adaptation of Tuck Everlasting,one of my all-time favourite books, was a wonderful experience. The story made me cry, though I suppose the way it was compiled or created or something didn’t allow me to fully immerse myself into the story. I admit I shed a few tears, but not enough to be considered full-out bawling, which I really wanted to do because Jesse and Winnie should be together!!
Their love had the potential to go the distance... if only Jesse's mortality (or lack thereof) wasn't in the way.
What they had was the glory of first love; it was sweet, innocent, and the heartbreak was so palpable I’m still feeling the gnawing ache in my chest. However, the story’s moral made it so they can’t be together because honestly, living for eternity is a daunting thing comprehend. Don’t tell Bella I said this, but leaving your friend and family behind to be with your boyfriend is kind of selfish. You can forgo having a sweetheart (and it will be painful, I’m sure), but you can’t do the same with your family. Family is family. They’re blood, y’know?
Anyway, I find it… refreshing that Winnie didn’t drink from the ‘Fountain of Youth’, and that she lived a long and happy life. She married a certain Mr Jackson*, was a “dear wife” and a “dear mother”… what more could she ask for?
If Jesse wasn’t immortal, then I could totally see him and Winnie together. They could grow old and have children, and those children will have children and so on. But he was immortal, and so Winnie had to be mature and level-headed about drinking from that spring. In the long run, she might grow to resent him. Miles for sure resents the life he lives, and Winnie saw that.
But oh, it’s just so sad!! Jesse would be forever alone, because he promised to love Winnie until “the day [he] died.” It was cheesy at first, but then I realised that he was referring to his immortality and I was oh, he’ll love her forever. Awwwww!
Poignant, eh? This is a wonderful story. You must read the book before watching the movie, though, in order to get the full effect.
*Random Thought: Doesn’t anyone else find it strange that Winnie marries a Mr Jackson, and the actor who plays Jesse Tuck happens to be Jonathan Jackson? Coincidence? Most likely, but I think not!! *grin*