Red had a way of saying things.
Andy Dufresne had a way of thinking things.
He was innocent of the murder of his wife and her lover.
Red said this about his own murder conviction: "I'm the only guilty man in Shawshank."
"Gilda, are you ready?"
Rita Hayworth as Gilda: "Me?" As she swooshed her hair back.
And all the inmates hooted and crowed...
Andy's rock hammer worked decades-long on hope.
And Rita Hayworth covered his trail.
Stephen King's short story of "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" is located within a book of stories entitled, Different Seasons.
It's a story of hope within hate; of freedom within prison.
The short story became a film.
The film, "Shawshank Redemption" brutal and gnarly as the story is, became a favorite book and film of my son Nate Mansfield. It is a film that my family and I occasionally watch. It reminded him of his own time in prison. (And of all the books he read in prison.)
It still does so for my bride and me, as well.
We watched it tonight. And saw it with our son's eyes, as well as our own.
And the sun was on our shoulders.