“As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.” – Ernest Hemingway
They say you should never meet your heroes. But I met one of mine, and it couldn’t have turned out better.
Meeting your heroes is supposed to lead to disappointment and regret. Your favorite sports star will turn out to be a foul-mouthed child abuser. A respected civic leader will be taking bribes from all sides. Your childhood movie star crush will be revealed as a rude, self-absorbed, talentless twit. Better to cling to the gauzy illusions than to discover the ugly reality.