In Holding On, the person I admire most so far is "Steam Train" Maury Graham. The driving force between a Hobo seems like such a grand thing. A Hobo is a classic example of American history and how much freedom we have (in the past, at least). Maury Graham is a perfect example of a free man, only bound by his basic human needs. Graham demonstrates creativity through his lifestyle, a Hobo's life is what you make of it. Graham spent years exploring the nation and met a great many people, he returned to the nomadic lifestyle. This lifestyle is creative in its difference to the norm, it's such a unique approach to life compared to everyone else in modern times.
I was most surprised at the very end when Sanders writes that his son experiences the same guilt he once had. It made me wonder if Sanders' father was the same way but gave into personal desire and kept drinking unlike Sanders. I learned that just as Alcoholism is inherited, so is a sense of guilt from the child. "My son wonders if I, too, am possessed. I write, therefore, to drag into the light what eats at me -the fear, the guilt, the shame- so that my own children may be spared." (Sanders 191) This quote makes me feel that Sanders' father had a somewhat similar way of thinking, because they both had their own "demons".
How has the Hobo lifestyle translated to today?