July 2, 2009
Wile E. Coyote: My Mentor
The sun hits my window sill, breaching the gap in my curtains. Instantly, I awakened with a smile of gratification. At the drop of a dime, I remove my dinosaur pajamas, darting through the corridors of my house, racing to get into the TV room so I can catch my hero in action. I hastily grab the remote as I change the TV to Channel 5. It is exactly 7:00 AM. My heart pounds against my young chest as I watch Bugs Bunny present the title sequence to my favorite show Looney Toons. I sit on the cold hardwood floor, legs bouncing up and down, barely able to tame my excitement. As the show starts, I nervously watch and listen, awaiting the wild chase of the most intense pursuit ever shown. “BEEP BEEP”-- the call of the Roadrunner resonates through my mind as I watch this suspiciously fast bird throw up debris as he speeds along the terrain. He zips and zaps, dodges and weaves, running through the beautifully drawn canyons. Without a care in the world, this magnificent bird goes where he pleases completely unaware of the ACME anvil that is perched high above on the plateau and aimed to crush him. The anvil falls, gaining speed exponentially as I watch in suspense. Will it hit him? Will it kill him? Why would an anvil hit a road runner? Who would drop an anvil? Only such a man as Wile E. Coyote would go on such a quest, for he has made it his life goal to catch the Roadrunner no matter what challenges await. In this adventure (or misadventure) and in many other episodes, Wile has become such an appealing character to me. He has taught so much about the art of living well: the importance of being resourceful and persevering. Wile Coyote continuously creates gadgets, makes plans, and sets traps to no avail. The only end product of his mastermind tricks is an enormous welt on the head and the embarrassment of failing to reach his goal. In most cases, after failing so many times, one would...