14 January 2022

Published January 12, 2022 by rochellewisoff
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PHOTO PROMPT ยฉ Bradley Harris

A few years ago I shared this story for a now defunct blog challenge called What Pegman Saw. It seems the appropriate time to share it again (in a shorter form ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) RIP Mr. Poitier, you were a trailblazer, a great actor and an elegant human being.

Genre: Biographical Fiction
Word Count: 100

THE VIRTUES OF SIMPLICITY

            โ€œTell me a story, Great-Grandpa.โ€

            โ€œShall I tell you the story of Cinderella.โ€

             โ€œTell me about when you were a boy in the Bahamas.โ€

            He gathered the child onto his lap. โ€œWe were poor. Didnโ€™t have a telephone or electricity. But we had the bluest skies at our temples and the ocean at our feet.โ€

            โ€œWhat did you do for fun?โ€

            โ€œClimbed trees and went swimming almost every day. Why I didnโ€™t even see a movie until I was twelve.โ€

            โ€œAnd now youโ€™re a movie star like Denzel Washington.โ€

            Sidney Poitier kissed his great-granddaughter. โ€œNah, Iโ€™m just an ordinary guy.โ€

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77 comments on “14 January 2022

  • Dear Rochelle,

    Beautifully done. He was a great man of humble beginnings. You really must read his book “Measure of a Man”. While he said “you can never go back”, he never forgot where he came from.

    That broad narrating could learn to say his name right! She made it sound like Portier instead of Poitier! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Nitpicking, I know…

    Shalom and lotsa love,

    Dale

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    What a lovely story of a great man. He was a man of humility, grace and strength. My favorite movie with him was Lilies in the Field for which he rightly deserved the Oscar. He’s no longer with us but he will not be forgotten. May he rest in peace.

    Shalom,
    Adele

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    • Dear Adele,

      He was amazing. The fact that he came from a background of poverty, barely being able to read when he came from Nassau adds to my amazement. He deserved all of the accolades he received IMHO. Thank you re my story. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • I think I’ve only seen two of his movies, “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” and “In The Heat Of The Night.” He had such a powerful presence that, while details of the movies fade in my memory, his presence has stayed with me.

    Even if it wasn’t originally intended as such, you’ve created a fitting dedication.

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    • Dear Nobbin,

      If you could only see two of his movies, those are good ones. I’ve watched “To Sir with Love” many times and recently watched “Lilies of the Field.” He did have a powerful presence indeed. Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • An ordinary guy with Extraordinary Talents! A wonderful actor. I don’t think I’ll ever forget his role as Mr. Tibbs. Great story this week! I do miss What Pegman Saw, too.

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    • Dear Bear,

      I so loved him in To Sir with Love. I saw In the Heat of the Night, but I don’t think I ever saw They Call me Mr. Tibbs. Might have to search that one out. He always played characters of integrity. We’ve lost a great one. Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Others have said it better, including yourself Rochelle, but he always struck me as a man of integrity and elegance, something sadly lacking in a lot of actors and celebrities today. A true hero.

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