By now, you all know that I am an avid movie fan. One of my all time favorites is “Parenthood”. Now that I am “very heavy” into building my own family, this movie calls to me even more. Funny, poignant moments from the film hit much closer to home. The movie is fantastic in that much of what we experience when parenting/life in general can be summed up in the simple lines that make up the movie.
Jason Robards plays the grandfather who has to decide whether to pay off his sons gambling debt. He asks his other son played by Steve Martin what to do and then he mentions the relentless, never-ending quality of being a parent;
Jason Robards – “You know, it’s not like that all ends. It never, never ends. It’s like your Aunt Edna’s ass. It goes on forever and is just as frightening.” “There is no end zone. You never cross the goal line, spike the ball and do your touchdown dance. Never.”
While this is certainly true of being a parent, I believe it also describes life in general. It seems that I’m always reaching for that proverbial carrot on the end of the string. I am always looking ahead to what’s coming. The next best thing so to speak. I always have some obstacle that is in my way that needs to be circumnavigated before I can proceed. Forward motion always hits some sort of hiccup. A broken foot, a crashing housing market, a stalled career, relationship issues…whatever. These things create a diversion and I sail my life boat through the torrents of change that they create accordingly. The latest setback…a huge corporate layoff that left me without a job. What’s that you say? You aren’t a professional blogger? Well no. While I love the blogosphere…I work in other arenas to pay the bills and buy my kids shoes!
Not a fun day in the Perry household. Picture the movie Office Space and you have a spot on picture as to how the entire event unfolded. While I don’t have any immediate plans to steal fractions of cents from my former employer and place them into my bank account, I am open to ideas. LOL.
This whole event has made me appreciate my family all the more. My fantastic wife and 2 awesome children are the engine that keeps me moving. Because of them I have spent little time curled up on the floor, sucking my thumb with a snot bubble in my nose lamenting about the past. I am eager to see what the future holds and can’t wait to grab that next carrot!