Atticus Finch is my moral hero. I've been contemplating lately what it means to grow up (as shown by my last post, too). I posted on Facebook the other day: "What are some signs that you have grown up?" I jokingly put that I knew that I was grown up the day I was doing my own shopping at Costco with my own Costco card. My friend Ray replied, "Bills."
The most profound reply, in my opinion, came from Jennifer Murphy, my former Instructional Resource Teacher at my previous school. She said, "Empathy." We've been talking about empathy a lot in class. It seems to be an appropriate topic considering Atticus Finch's incredible ability to empathize. This quote, from his closing statement in the courtroom, makes me cry every time--I empathize with Atticus' plea. In my head, when I read this section, I'm begging this jury to do the same thing. I wonder sometimes if I'm just a super emotional person, which sounds like a flaw. Other times I wonder if I'm just incredibly empathetic--which sounds like a strength.