- Published on Tuesday, 03 August 2010 09:15
Submitted by Shara Lawrence-Weiss
When I think back on my youth, a few movies really stand out in my mind. Among them: Shindler's List, Titanic, all of the Brat Pack films (smile), The Princess Bride, Anne of Green Gables and more. One movie stands out amongst all others, though, for very specific reasons.
Where The Day Takes You - starring Dermot Mulroney (a long-time favorite actor of mine), Alyssa Milano, Sean Astin, Laura San Giacomo, Will Smith and more.
This is not an easy movie to watch but I urge all of you to take a deep breath, sit down, and allow this movie to seep into your soul.
I viewed Where The Day Takes You for the first time, back in high school. I can still remember thinking to myself: "My children will never, ever, ever feel as though they are un-loved. Un-wanted. Un-cared for. Disrespected. Human waste. That my job or boyfriend or husband is more valuable than their safety and well being. Whoever they are - whoever my future children are...they will KNOW that they matter to me and that I would die for them. They won't need to run away in order to feel loved by someone else - they'll be loved by ME."
I wept while watching this movie - sobbed. Every time I view this movie the tears stream down my face. A mother - so consumed by her own lonliness that she'd allow her new husband to molest her daughter; simply because she can't stand the thought of being without a man. Parents - so consumed with work that their son leaves home to live on the streets - and makes a deal with a male child molester in order to obtain a warm place to sleep. Drugs...prostitution...More - so much more.
These teens feel un-wanted, un-valued and ignored. They feel un-heard and in turn, would prefer to spend their time on the streets begging for money inside a sub culture that offers them loyalty and a sense of family.
Parents - watch this film. Let it sink into your skin and into your mind and into your soul. Care about it. Let it change the way you view your role as a parent and allow it to make you a better one.
ABOUT the Author:
Shara Lawrence-Weiss is the owner of Mommy Perks, Personal Child Stories, Early Childhood News and Resources and Kids Perks. She has a background in education, early childhood, nanny work, published freelance, marketing and special needs.