The Wind and the Lion

My avatar name comes from the Sean Connery - Candice Bergen film The Wind and the Lion, which was one of the first films my late spouse and I saw together.

The story that went with it was that the desert wind -- representing outsiders -- can sting the lion's eyes, and the lion can roar at the wind, but in the end the wind moves on, and the lion returns to his home and to his mate. 

So, who's the winner?

My future wife created a fantasy over several exchanged letters -- yes, the pen and paper kind, with perfume, you may be able to find one in a museum -- of a lion who dared a spell-cast wind and rescued a young witch trapped by her own creation.
Several years and three children later, the Wind Lion and the Wind Witch took the family on a cross country tour from California to Rhode Island, with a detour to visit relatives in Gig Harbor, Washington.  They kept in touch while driving the two cars using CB radios (yes, yes, this was back when men wore spurs, women wore corsets, and dinosaurs roamed the earth), using their "secret" names for each other as CB handles.  The girls joined in, of course, naming themselves Wind Pony and Wind Kitten -- and then naming their younger brother Wind Mouse, a title he was proud to answer for in those days.

Over time, it also took on another meaning for me as I chased after the dream of completing certification as a hang glider pilot.  Twenty seven years ago, I almost had it -- but Life dragged me away whimpering, and it has taken all the time since to return to the air.

Watch out for your small animals on the beach -- the Wind Lion is back!

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56-60, M
2 Responses Mar 12, 2009

Just so. It's a cheesy film, completely inaccurate historically, and not an especially good performance by any of the big name actors involved -- my wife and I hooked on the way Sheik Raisuli and Mrs. Perdicaris put their responsibility to protect their wards from Roosevelt's wind ahead of personal desires, though it conveyed the strong bonds that grow between the two even when they separate.<br />
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The film is also a quiet argument against American interventionism -- but at the end of the Viet Nam era, even those of us serving in the military understood that as the past, and that we would never make that horrible mistake again.<br />
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My spouse and I shared thirty one years of raising cubs and keeping warm, though we moved our lair much farther around the world. It was very good, it's over -- I'm still the windlion, though, and I still snarl with helpless anger at the wind's arrogance and stupidity.<br />
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From Wikipedia: <br />
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At the end of the film, Roosevelt reads a letter he received from Raisuli, comparing the two men (thus explaining the title): <br />
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"I (Raisuli), like the lion, must stay in my place, while you, like the wind, will never know yours."<br />
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I have not seen the movie, so I think, given your information, that the lion realizes that what is most important is the love between he and his mate, who provides shelter, warmth, and stability, and shields him from the effects of the wind (outside influence). Wind can change but their love is strong, stable, and ultimately satisfying. Just a guess...