What's Aunt Jane's Acceptance in The Final Stitch?
Leslie McDaniel asked: In this story, it seems like the Heart (Aunt Jane) does not decide to overcome the conflict (wanting to walk out on the field). She seems to accept the idea that it's too late. In this case, someone else (the NFL, etc.) supplies the answer. Were there times in her journey (of working in the factory for so long) that she attempted to overcome this conflict on her own? If so, can you share why those were left out, or point them out in case I missed them? If these plot points didn't exist, does this make the Heart not as strong of a character? I do "fall in love" with Aunt Jane, though, by her nature and her commitment to her life's work...even though I have absolutely no interest in football. So, maybe that answers my question. :) Or, maybe you're focusing more on the Heart's uniqueness and complexity, over their desire? Thanks for your help.
Great observation Leslie.
You're picking up on the fact that Aunt Jane has no Acceptance. This story happened because of Wilson, so Aunt Jane doesn’t have an Acceptance—she didn’t make it happen, and we didn’t show you all of the backstory of the Acceptance at Wilson. Had we, it would have felt way stronger. Imagine seeing somebody at Wilson learning of Jane and trying to get her access in the short window and pulling it all together. That intercut with Jane’s journey would have been epic. While it could have been stronger if we included that, we simply didn't have the time.
However, though she doesn't have an Acceptance, she does have a very real—and very strong Desire. You experience it as she walks us through her album of memories working at Wilson and when she speaks to what the field would mean to her. You can hear it in her voice. You feel it in her reaction when she hears that it's finally going to be fulfilled. And her time spent there, 50 years going to the same factory doing the same thing, and the time she committed to each football (she refused to put quantity over quality) really help round out both that Desire and Complexity.