I like looking for themes in stories, and as I was reading this year’s common book, “The Other Wes Moore,” by Wes Moore, I was pleasantly surprised to find one. Honestly, in most true stories I’ve read in the past, there has not been the pattern of a constant theme; which has been my main turn off toward historical literature. This story, however, was quite different. It grabbed my interest because it was written in the manner of a novel, but it held it because of the constant theme of decision-making and outcome.
The Wes Moore boys were dealt the same basic hand of financial distress, mothers under pressure, and generally being ignored because of bigger issues going on in their worlds. However, the way the boys handled their situations and what they made of their lives was intensely different.
Interestingly enough, the Wes Moore in prison was readily willing to place the blame of his current situation in prison on the expectations of the community around him growing up, rather than himself.
He argued that people expected him to turn out a certain way, so he did. People expected the author, Wes to be successful, so he followed suit. The Wes who wrote the book, disagrees with this theory, and I concur. While the level of community support does tend to factor into one’s success, it does not determine it. If it is expected that one will fail, he may choose to prove that idea wrong or go along with that assumption.
I’m Lauren The Largemouth Bass and this was an almost objective blog post.