"His Mercies Are New Every Morning"
“I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.”
― C. S. Lewis
― C. S. Lewis
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining. I believe in love even when I don't feel it. And I believe in God even when He is silent. (quote found on the wall of a concentration camp)
Sunday, September 25, 2011
We Saw Dolphin Tale
We went to see Dolphin Tale at the theater today. :) I mentioned the movie was coming out in a post here.
I have to say, we REALLY enjoyed the movie. The theater was the largest one, and it was nearly sold out. It was full all the way to the front. I am really happy that Hollywood made a decent family movie with a good message!
It was the message of "NEVER GIVE UP!" At the end of the movie there was a bit of film showing all kinds of people with various disabilities and amputations visiting Winter the Dolphin. It was really touching.
If you haven't gone to see it, I highly recommend it.
You can see Winter and Clearwater Aquarium here.
And now: a Special Review for kids with Trauma backgrounds:
The main Character in the movie is a little boy named Sawyer. He is adorable, but his father had abandoned the family. His Uncle was going off to war and he was very sad. The dolphin came into his life at just the right time, and his spirits were raised.
His Uncle came back from war, injured. He didn't have missing limbs, but had to wear a brace and couldn't walk at first. He was more emotionally damaged than physically damaged, and Sawyers first visit with him was not good. He asked him to leave. Sawyer very quickly said, "Your accident effects more people than JUST YOU!" And it was done very well.
What is GOOD, is that his uncle wheels out to catch him and says that it wasn't Sawyer..... he just wasn't ready to see anybody yet.
Eventually Sawyer and his uncle are back to normal, or their new normal, and Sawyer give a public speech where he looks at his uncle and says, "Family is FOREVER!" You don't give up on your family.
The other possible issue is Hazel's mother has died. She lives with her dad. All of this is handled very tastefully.
I think, that because of these statements, a child with Trauma can get through this movie with a new understanding. But that is a personal decision. We all know our kids best. Alli handled it really well.
I think the other great thing this movie has done is make an unitentional plug for amputees across America. There was a little girl IN the movie who was missing a leg. It also called attention to the FABULOUS job our prosthetists do for us, and the complications of fitting a limb. The sock incidents were humorous to me, because we have had many of those. :) Also, the dolphin's reaction to the first prosthetic, reminded me of our son Tim, when he got his first braces. He was MAD! He didn't want them and refused them...... Once they were fitted correctly and he became more confident, he was fine with them. :)
SO, would this movie be good for a kid with a trauma background. I think yes.