Captain Vic

ACT III, SCENE I

Captain Vic

Because that’s what you love to do.

From the Journal:

Vic says he wants to save the rivers and the creeks. But really it’s his life he is saving–and your life too. For what he wants to save is the world that the river once gave him as a child. Vic is saving childhood. This is what the Captain said: “If you go back when you was a little kid… You’ve got to look back to when you was a little kid… When you got up everyday to go do something, you were doing that because… you were doing what you wanted to everyday. Nobody was making you, nobody was paying you. You were doing it because that’s what you love to do. You want to get out there and climb in those trees, pick up rocks, catch crawfish. I mean, when I go to my grandmother’s house, all i want to do–and my friend Mike Walton is there that I’ve had since I was one year old–and all we want to do is go over to Richland Creek, which is the next creek up right here, and catch crawfish.” “Even further back than that, when I was born. We lived on that creek, Richland Creek. My grandfather owned a restaurant over in Belle Meade and we lived in the house back there by the creek.” “So, I heard that water… I heard that water when I was born. My first thing I ever heard…I slept and was right by that creek till I was five or six years old. Nothing was as good as my escape going down the creek bank, swimming in the river, climbing through caves, climbing in trees. I would not be here if it had not been for that river. It saved my life. Everything about it saved my life.”

I would not be here if it had not been for that river. Everything about it saved my life.

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ACT III, SCENE I

Little Girl Among the Mansions