Forrest Gump Had a Special Wisdom, Monday Musings

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Forrest Gump Had a Special Wisdom, Monday Musings

We are still doing the vacation thing and for a break, pulled into a rest stop in Savannah. Imagine our surprise to see Forrest Gump seated in the lobby. We stopped to have a talk with him, and it was quite interesting to say the least.

The movie was described as Forrest growing up in Alabama, and while some of the movie was filmed there, the majority of the film was shot in South Carolina and Georgia.

The famous bench scene, where Forrest recounts his life story to anybody that would sit with him most of the movie was shot in Savannah's Chippewa Square, which still gets a lot of attention from tourists.

Forrest was a very profound individual as was his Mama and he gave us some of his best advise while we sat on the bench with him.


"There’s an awful lot you can tell about a person by their shoes.” – Forrest Gump.


"You have to do the best with what God gave you.” – Forrest Gump.


“Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump.


“There’s only so much fortune a man really needs, and the rest is just for showin’ off.” –Forrest Gump


"Mama always said ,dying was just a part of life."  -Forrest Gump


Not to be outdone my wife felt the need to get an opportunity to discuss the issues of life with Forrest as well.

We chatted for a bit, although Forrest was not as talkative as one might have believed him to be.

I guess if you sit on a bench as long as he has, one does get tired of the attention after a while.

Ww left him and continued our drive south but have the memory of his presence even though he didn't offer us a piece of chocolate, which was rude considering how close to Valentine's Day we are.


Forrest Gump Had a Special Wisdom, Monday Musings

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Comments (16)

Dennis Neal
RE/MAX, Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Your Home Sold in 21 Days or We Sell It For Free

Thank you for sharing such insightful content! Wishing you a fantastic week ahead filled with creativity and inspiration.

Feb 12, 2024 12:10 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed that is neat.  There wasn't a mannequin of Forrest Gump on a bench the times I have in in Savannah.  We took a trolley tore of Savannah's 14 squares, and it was mentioned that the actual bench Forrest Gump sat on is no long there because people kept on chipping away at it.

Feb 12, 2024 12:44 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Dennis Neal   Thanks for taking the time to stop.

George Souto   Savannah is a nice town, and they offer a lot to residents and visitors alike. This was a teaser at the welcome center.

Feb 12, 2024 04:28 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Ed- thank you for this cute post about Forrest Gump. He was a person of few words, so I'd imagine that if he did not speak to you or to your wife, he'd used all of his words up. 

Feb 12, 2024 06:42 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

He did have a great deal of wisdom to impart. Much of life is pretty simple.

Feb 12, 2024 08:10 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer

I really enjoyed reading this fun post and loved the movie. Next time we visit Savannah I’m going to look this up. 

Feb 12, 2024 08:12 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your photographs and your quote selections.

Enjoy your travels.

Feb 13, 2024 06:40 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You both look good sitting there next to Forrest Gump, that was certainly a very good movie.

Feb 13, 2024 07:28 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Ed and I would love to hear once again lots of his smart wisdom, I agree  you can tell a person from their shoes.

Feb 13, 2024 08:18 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Ed,

Loved the quotes from Forrest Gump, he was a man of few meaningful words. I loved the movie!

Feb 13, 2024 06:59 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I love the list of Forrest Gump quotes. The movie is a wonderful classic.

Feb 14, 2024 01:19 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Ed, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Feb 14, 2024 01:22 AM
Anna Chroscicki
Re/Max Masterpiece Realty - Port St Lucie, FL
Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate


Feb 14, 2024 09:13 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Happy Valentine's Day.

Enjoy the day and have an outstanding week.

Feb 14, 2024 10:22 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 - I love this post and your humor too! What a special moment the two of you had sitting next to Forrest Gump and reminiscing about all his sprinkled words of wisdom. Who would have thought, a box of chocolates would be so motivating for life! I'll bet growing up as a kid, Tom Hanks never dreamed about how important he would be as an Actor just sitting on a bench with a box of chocolates. And now, he is memorialized for playing that role of Forrest Gump. No matter what role we play, we need to remember our values and lessons learned, even if they are just from "mama!" 

Happy belated Valentine's Day. Have fun on your journey!

Feb 15, 2024 04:06 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed:

I enjoyed hearing about your visit with Forrest Gump. He was certainly a man of simple words but much wisdom. Loved the photos and your humor!


Feb 16, 2024 04:22 PM