Years ago I was talking to very dear friend about the concerns I had as a father, about whether I was doing enough for my son, if my mistakes were outweighing my support, if my flaws were undermining my love. She let me finish, paused a moment and then said “You’re a good father because you worry about those things.”
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Although she’s known me for years, this friend has never seen me interact with my son. All she knows is that I worry, that I am concerned about his welfare and his future. Now I’m far from being a worrywart or a “helicopter parent,” but not a week goes by that I don’t look inside myself and feel a hint of despair that maybe, just maybe, I’m falling short of “dad excellence.”
So imagine my reaction to this brilliant set piece about a father’s love, a father’s unlimited desire for his child’s well-being. Surprisingly, it is a commercial for an insurance company based in Thailand and, as you’ll see, it is basically a silent film, but what it doesn’t have in words it makes up with absolute emotion.
Watch this. Better yet, watch this with your child. But please, don’t weigh the moment needlessly by talking at length about it, with comparisons between you and the father in the piece. Please don’t. This isn’t really about you: it’s about love, your love as the parent of that oh-so-special child with you. Please let him or her experience the piece without your words, because you know already, deep inside, that pure love needs no explanations, that truly, pure love needs no words.
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