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West with Giraffes


A rousing novel inspired by the incredible true story of two giraffes who won ...
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"Time heals all wounds, they say. I'm here to tell you that time can wound you all on its own." What do you think Woody means by this statement?

Created: 04/20/23

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davinamw

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"Time heals all wounds, they say. I'm here to tell you that time can wound you all on its own." What do you think Woody means by this statement?

"Time heals all wounds, they say. I'm here to tell you that time can wound you all on its own." What do you think Woody means by this statement?


Posted Apr. 21, 2023 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Joyce

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RE: "Time heals all wounds, they ...

Woody may have been referring to the fact that taking too much time to check on Red when they got to San Diego caused him to miss her. Also, taking too much time to try to find her later in life also caused him to miss her before she had recently died.


Posted Apr. 22, 2023 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
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oelw

Join Date: 04/22/23

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RE: "Time heals all wounds, they ...

Not living in the here and now and postponing until the future, will often leave regrets of should have, could have or would have or the pain of what might have been if only. Time changes everything and it can be for good or bad.


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carriem

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RE: "Time heals all wounds, they ...

Not living in the here and now Woody realizes that should have been the way to live especially taking care of Red. Yes, there are regrets in life and some cannot be forgotten or excused but try to see the good in people.


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taking.mytime

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RE: "Time heals all wounds, they ...

Time is going to pass whether or not we want it to. Woody found out that sometimes time is not on your side. He missed meeting up with the Old Man by a month, due to his death. Then to find out Red had passed away was wounding. Also the lose of the giraffes as they aged and died. As time passed Woody lost a number of those important to him, until he also lost his own autonomy and was put in a VA nursing home. Woody had to go on even though time had taken so much from him.


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gloriam

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RE: "Time heals all wounds, they ...

As life goes on, we realize that time is a double edged sword. It brings so much joy and potential and people we love and care about, but also removes people and pets and things from our lives. Time inevitably brings about loss and grief and this wounds us. Woody missed chances with Red and the Old Man and even his family at the beginning of the tale. This left him with regrets. But, on a positive note, he got to spend so much time with the giraffes, and he had a much better life than he ever dreamed of in his childhood.


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larryandcarols

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RE: "Time heals all wounds, they ...

Time is fleeting and waits for no man. Woody found this out as he put off reunions with his old friends, missing the chance to meet up with the Old Man and Red. He even outlived the giraffes and found himself alone in the end with his notes and visions of Girl. He finished the story, however, and hoped this would be the best possible tribute to Red's daughter.


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ruthiea

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RE: "Time heals all wounds, they ...

I think time can wound as you look back and reflect on things you didn’t do and things you shouldn’t have done. Looking back you can see where you made mistakes, missed opportunities etc and that can be very painful. Regrets can haunt you.


Posted Apr. 30, 2023 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
reene

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RE: "Time heals all wounds, they ...

Sometimes we gain an hour, sometimes we lose an hour but we have no control over time. It just keeps moving on. Woody had time taken away from him, he was given a choice jail or service. He serviced his time, serving the country, but time marched on and Red died. Woody decided he needed to see the Old Man, but sadly missed him by a month. One month, that really shows how cruel time can be, it waits for no man. Eventually Woody learned that time is precious and he had better enjoy each day.


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BuffaloGirl

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RE: "Time heals all wounds, they ...

A long lonely life, which I believe Woody lived, makes time the enemy. He knew that he would never get to be with Augusta Red and because he had made her the key to his happiness, he resigned himself to living out his life in quiet sadness.


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