Saturday, February 21, 2009

HBO.....taking Chance.... home

I am not sure where you are in your feelings about the consequences of the wars we are currently involved in and losing in spirit with each passing day. Tonight through my tears I watched the new movie, Taking Chance, with Kevin Bacon and his travels as a marine who escorts the body of a 20 year old Marine. Based on a true story we witness how the fellow travelers respond and attempt to find their own way to honor this fallen hero. Suddenly I was trapped in the memory of a summer's afternoon in 1968 when the chaplain arrived next door to inform Patsy Farley her husband had died in battle in Vietnam. If I close my eyes I can still hear her primal scream of despair and unbelievable loss and pain. Disbelief frozen in time; someone we knew and grew up with lost their young life thousands of miles away in a rice paddy field...could this really be happening? Over 40 years ago the pain was still ringing in our ears and shaking our lives as we thought we knew them. I knew NOTHING. Today I am still convoluted about this War experience and yet I spiritually believe and pray for the men and women serving to make this globe a better home for all. Seeing this movie opens old/new wounds as I remember an irretrievable loss and pain for families saying goodbye to family members. If you get the chance you should watch this performance in which Kevin Bacon forces the viewers to question our motives and the outcomes of political minds who end up financially benefiting from this ongoing chapter in our history. Imagine and live in Peace, Mary Helen

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