Wednesday, January 6, 2010

What are you running from?

My family enjoyed watching the movie, Catch me if you can, inspired by the true story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. who while a minor committed one of the largest checque (check for US readers!) frauds in U.S.A. history while posing as an airline pilot, a doctor, a lawyer, and a sociology professor!

It is a great story and also has a redemptive theme. But, I will focus on what struck me most. One thing the movie brings out is that Frank was running from himself.He first ran away from home when his parents got divorced following his father's bankruptcy due to tax fraud. Frank keeps flashing back to happy scenes from
his childhood and desperately wants to reunite his family. He keeps telling his
father that he is getting back the money the government took from the family. He also asks his father to tell him to stop. When finally extradited to the U.S. Frank makes a dramatic escape, only so he can go to the house of his mother who has remarried and now has a daughter. The pain is intense.

The failures of parents can have devastating consequences on children. The joys and pains of our childhoods influence (but do not have to determine) our futures.

What am I running from?
What am I trying to reclaim?
Am I trying to reinvent myself?

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