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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Field of Dreams

This has got to be one of my all time favourite movies. Yes I know it is about baseball but it is about so much more than that. It is about choices that we make throughout our lives and the consequences and sometimes the regrets of some of those choices.

Choices made by impetuous youth rebelling against their parents, the older generation, only to find that years later they are filled with remorse for a moment in time lost forever and a deep yearning to make amends but all too late.

Kevin Costner's character is given a second chance to make amends but he has to take a huge leap of faith and follow his intuition and gut instinct and go against the mainstream, ploughing in his crop of corn to build a baseball field, much to the bemusement and ridicule of local farmers.

Only those who truly believed could see the ghostly apparitions, baseball players of yesterday in their former glory just as they had played some 50 years earlier when they were living legends.

The "voices" said "Ease his pain". We are left puzzling over whose pain and what pain is to be eased. The pain of regret perhaps and the chance for a now grown, wiser, man, with a family of his own, to see his father as the young vibrant man that he once was. It's a second chance to communicate and rebuild a relationship that had been lost in the rebelliousness of youth.

Every time I watch this film I am moved to tears, not by sadness, but by the joy of a relationship mended, a bond restored. A truly beautiful moment!

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