Day Four of our Courage celebration in honor of the terrific review of the figure courtesy of @nerdnewstoday
(link in bio) with a beautiful photo by @mitchelwuphotography
Many years ago, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial came back into movie theaters for a limited run. We took my older son to see it. He was four or five at the time. Before the movie started, we explained to him that, at some point in the film, it will seem as if E.T. is dead BUT he isn’t really dead. Everything is going to work out fine.
By the end of the film, he was in hysterics. Hysterics beyond anything you’ve ever witnessed in a movie theater. We had traumatized him so horribly that, for years afterward, we joked that we were lucky that Child Services hadn’t come into the theater to take him away.
A few months ago, I watched the HBO Spielberg documentary. I enjoyed it so much that I made my entire family watch it as well.
One of the things that Spielberg talked about was how large a role Fear played in his life as a child. He said, “I was afraid of everything.” This, it seems to me, is the human condition: feeling fearful. The trick is to use powers like Curiosity and Enthusiasm and Exploration and Persistence to mitigate the Fear. The struggle is real. But, with purpose and optimism, satisfaction and joy is always attainable.
This summer, the Metrograph, a retro movie theatre in downtown Manhattan that shows old movies and foreign films, had a showing of E.T. And, so, still obsessing over the Spielberg documentary, we went.
My son is now a college student. He has to navigate life in a strange new land far from home. He has to use all of his powers to find purpose and optimism and, occasionally, “phone home.” This time, I was the one who cried.