Friday, April 23, 2010

DON QUIJOTE DE LA MANCHA

There was once in Spain this supposedly man of distinction and intelligence. These times, he dressed well, and stood with poise and pride. He even had some kind of a aide who was rather chubby and endearing. There was an inseparable pair. Where one was, there the other would be. There names were well known. Their persons were celebrated – somehow. They were Don Quijote de la Mancha – the “boss” – and Sancho Pacha – the “boy”.

They were a harmless lovable pair. Nothing bad or unjust was said or heard about them. Together they went from one place to another, in their quiet and peaceful town. They offended no one, and no one either offended them. Both of them had their own horses to ride on, vis., the big one for the “boss” and the small one for the “boy”. The boss Don Quixote even had an armor suit. And the boy Sancho had the proper uniform armaments like the knights and their aides of the old days, they were a sight for sore eyes. There was only one problem – one big problem all right.

Don Quijote was sadly or happily delusional – depending on one’s own viewpoint. He saw things which were some things else, and there was that one singular sunny and clear day that was properly recorded in history. Don Quijote proudly wearing his shinning knight armor and carrying his heavy armaments and Sancho Pacha donned with his aide’s uniform and holding his light weapon, passed by a big, massive and tall windmill – on their way to nowhere really.

But lo and behold, the delusional Don Quijote saw instead a gigantic “dragon” in place of the windmill. That was when the pair distanced themselves a little from the “beast” – and with Don Quijote shouting “Charge!”, the pair with their horse and all, bravely fought the “animal”. Sooner than later, the poor Quijote and pitiful Sancho laid flat on their backs – badly aching but greatly rejoicing. Reason: the dragon was gone and only the windmill stood still in front of them! End of the story.

Recently, the big and impressive news was carried by all major media outlets to the effect that: One, someone flew to Spain. Two, a “Don Quijote de la Mancha” Award was given thereto. Three, the same was received with great pride and profound gratitude by the awardee.

Observation: There must be a hundred and one awards given here and there for this and that reason. They even come in various shapes and sizes, and bearing defferent names or titles as well. Question: Why precisely a “Don Quijote de la Mancha” Award?

OVC, JCD
23 APRIL 2010