Archive for May, 2007

So, who’s seen the video clip aired by NBC from a few weeks ago showing the reunion between a 6 year old boy and his dad, a sailor that had been in Iraq for 7 months?

I saw it when it originally aired.  It got to me then and got to me all over again after arriving in my inbox at work.  Must be making its way around the internet and is readily found on YouTube in various forms, as shown below.  If you haven’t seen it; play it below before going on.

I can’t recall being so affected by something in quite a long time.  Every time I see the little boy running to his daddy’s arms and the look on his little face, my whole soul is affected.

Am I being overly dramatic?  Most would certainly agree that this is a very touching moment. But, there’s something deeper there affecting me — tugging at me.

Look at that child’s face.  Look at his emotion spilling over.  Look at his unconditional love for his dad, made self-evident in a way that only a child can.  See how he fits so perfectly into his father’s arms?  Listen to him.  Sobbing on Daddy’s shoulder. 

The moment is so simple, so innocent, so natural and right

It brings overwhelming joy knowing the two are reunited, but at this same moment I can’t help but be filled with sorrow, too.

To me this little boy exhibits the innocence, beauty and love of basic human nature, but the reality is that the world we live in today is responsible for this reunion occurring in the first place.  This tearful moment should never have happened.  And, indeed, for other little boys — American and Iraqi alike — this moment will never happen for the same wrong reasons.

Where did our human race stray from the essence of humanity that is so evident in this child?  I know it’s naive, but I don’t understand why so many others don’t see this.


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