Topic: From Tennessee to Oz, 2
It is the end of January 2011 and here I am finally putting together the final conclusions on this book, and the Gumm family. I cannot help wonder if there will ever be a final conclusion or whether all the questions will be answered, but I have come a long way in seven years.
The important thing was letting the road take me where it would. That was not always easy when at times I wanted to be done and free, but now I see a new story arising and that is exciting.
To write a book like this, you have to love people. I was not on the quest of a "star," but of real people; pioneers and soldiers, lovely people and those who were not so lovely. Many suffered and died too young. You never want to accuse people of being bad. I looked as far as I could for good in Will Gum, yet at every turn something would come up and I'd realize I could not credit him for good motives in the things he did or trust what he sad. That was sad and scary.
So, I am searching for a few more answers. They are out there somewhere perhaps. One thing I realized in writing this book is how many things occur that we consider insignificant...yet these events or actions express our lives and explain them. Nothing is really insignificant in life, so treasure it all you can, and pay attention to the details!