A Vampire, a Mosquito, and Christmas
Happy Holidays to everyone no matter your belief 🙂
Frederick Forsyth is an author renowned for writing exciting fiction rich in historically accurate detail. His novels are often reread due to their richness and storytelling. A lesser known work is the novella, The Shepherd. The connection it has with Christmas is that Mr. Forsyth wrote this entrancing story for his wife as a Christmas present to her.
And what a gift! It was shared with the world and it is played on the radio on Christmas Eve in Canada. Dave O’Malley has written and beautifully illustrated story about the book and how it has become an annual tradition on Christmas Eve to hear the narration of it, which takes but a short 40 minutes. That story, from Vintage Wings of Canada, is here to read and it has both the link to hear The Shepherd tonight as well as the link to hear it at any time of your convenience.
The story is for the ages, though, not only Christmas Eve. The solitude and loneliness of a fighter pilot in trouble during a night flight as felt. Will he survive? Does he eject?
I especially like how our pilot uses his training and especially recalling his mentor’s thinking to work his problem as fuel and weather inexorably dwindle. This is not Hollywood’s story arc of a Doritos eating upstart outsmarting a group pf professionals. This is a story of how we all stand on the shoulders of others who went before us—parents, teachers, professionals, and countless as well as too often anonymous others. This is a story who have lived in, or are now living, in desperate times. This is a story for enjoyment and wonder.
What does a de Havilland Vampire and de Havilland Mosquito have to do with The Shepherd? Listen to the story! A gift for you 🙂