Posts Tagged ‘lions’

The Good Lie starts with sadness, as a group of kids’ village is destroyed in northern Sudan. Their parents were among those killed by the soldiers. And so begins their heartbreaking journey, on foot, to Kenya which is more than 700 miles away. Among the few possessions they carry with them is the family Bible. They are led by Theo who is wise, and whose wisdom they would need to survive as they try to avoid armed troops. Along the way a group of refugees they have fallen in with is slaughtered, but they escape alive due to Theo’s wisdom and foresight. They also face desert conditions, and there is attrition including Theo who allows himself to be captured so the others can live.

They end up spending 13 years in a refugee camp waiting for a new place to go. Eventually they are on the list of those being sent to America. As the movie shift, your source of anger shifts from the Muslim soldiers to the clueless Americans. I know they didn’t mean it to be that way, but you will grow frustrated at the clueless policies of our government. You will be frustrated by how we Americans just don’t grasp how others live. We often assume people know what refrigerators and phones are.

The three young men, separated from Mamere’s sister Abitar (thanks to INS rules), are like young innocents trying to figure out life in a very strange world where no one “gets” them. In one scene Paul tries to explain the scars on his arm come from a lion. This obviously lends itself to some humor (not the story of the lion obviously). There are a few scenes about trying to identify the lions of their new environment.

Mamere thrives initially. Jeremiah struggles with his first job because he isn’t supposed to give the old food away to homeless people. Paul gets introduced to marijuana and his anger over Abital’s being separated from them. His resentment of Mamere threatens to tear the small group apart.

In all of this is their very broken job counselor named Carrie (played by Reese Witherspoon who looks very much like Sally Field at times). Great white hope she is not (some have criticized the movie for portraying her as a great white hope). But she and her boss slowly begin to understand the horrors they faced. They also begin to open their lives to help reunite this family. In some ways she changes their lives, but in many they change hers.

The Good Lie refers to Huckleberry Finn, that which you say to survive. Or like the lie Theo told to save the others. The others have to deal with survivors guilt while they try to adapt to a new world. I don’t want to give away other plot lines. But we all have to deal with circumstances beyond our control, circumstances that have wrought grief and loss. Sometimes we receive second chances. How far will we go to find the ones we love? Will we tell the good lie?

It hits home to me because after adopting our last two kids, we discovered they had two young uncles that were also in the orphanage (CavWife unknowingly took pictures of them because they were helping out with CavSon #2). There was nothing we could do. “All” we can do is pray for them. All we can do is wait for the DRC to resume issuing exit letters.

Back to the movie. It is funny, and sad. It is about living as a community, where the whole is greater than the one and great sacrifices are made. It is about everyone’s lives being changed by everyone else.

“If you want to go fast, go alone.

If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb

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The family that introduced CavWife and me returned to central Florida for vacation.  While I was in the midst of my battle with the leaky shower, he called to see about getting together Wednesday.  They had extra passes to Disney, so we could go there for the day.

So, Wednesday morning we loaded up the car to go meet them.  At first we lamented having lent out the double stroller to friends on a trip.  But, with the crowds I am very glad we had 2 single strollers.  CavWife and I had completely forgotten about Typhoon Lagoon, so I figured our best bet with a 3 1/2 year-old and a 2 year-old who is still afraid of rides would be the Animal Kingdom.  Fewer rides, and lots of (obviously) animals).

As you can imagine, a group of 16 people moves slowly (they had their 2 kids, 4 foster kids, 2 nieces, a friend and her mom).  By the time we were finally in the park, it was nearly 12.  I’m not really a ‘show guy’, I’m definitely a ride guy.  But we went to the Lion King show first off.  I experienced disassociation regarding the show’s message and focused on the singing, dancing and acrobatics.  CavBoy was on my lap, particularly intrigued by the guys on stilts.  CavGirl enjoyed most of it, except the fire.

While we waited for Pocahauntus to begin, I brought CavGirl to see the otters.  Most of them must have been napping because only one was paddling around.  She was curious about the huge fish in the pond.  Back for the environmentalist propaganda mixed with the animals.  CavGirl thought the racoon was the neatest thing.  She talked about it often on the ride home.

It was now nearing 2 pm and the kids have not had lunch.  I was amazed at how well they were doing.  We grabbed an amazingly affordable lunch ($30 for the 4 of us) in Dino Land.  Some of the others went off to Touch a Bug.  We met up for our Fast Pass ride on the Kali River Rapids.  CavGirl went with us, being just tall enough.  It was fun, and the cool water felt great on a hot Florida day!  It was a bit bumpy for the CavGirl, but she enjoyed it.

Rather than watch the parade, we went on the safari.  Standby was only 5 minutes long!  I’m so glad the kids got to enjoy seeing the animals.  Yet again (okay, I’ve only been there once before) the lions were invisible.  At this point it is well after 4 pm and they have not had a nap.  No meltdowns so far!

Our Everest Expedition Fast Pass was between 5:15 & 6:15.  But as we exited the safari a good downpour began, accompanied by lightening.  They close down the Expedition for lightening.  We were hoping that it would soon pass, but it didn’t.  Trees don’t make the best cover, so we were drenched by 6 pm when we decided we needed to head home.  Yeah, and the rain had nearly stopped.

It was great spending time with our friends, but I think Typhoon Lagoon would have been a better choice, and allowed more time to talk.  The meltdowns began on the ride home.  We got home at 7, fed them leftovers, a quick bath and off to bed.  They were exhausted, and so were we.  We brought the camera, but didn’t take even one picture.  So, no pics for you our fans.

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