What could make you stop loving a child?
As I watched the movie Far From the Tree on Netflix I asked that question. I marveled at the sets of parents it profiled who continued to love their children despite the fact they presented their families with fierce challenges and in many cases considerable heartbreak. Far From the Tree is a documentary that looks at parents with a child who is not like them, a child who defies that old saying about how much children often resemble their parents “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
In the film we meet Jack who is autistic, often violent and can’t speak, Jason who has Down Syndrome, Trevor who has committed murder, and Joe, Lena and Lioni who are dwarfs. The documentary is narrated by Andrew Solomon a gay man who wrote the book on which the movie Far From the Tree is based. In his book Andrew explores how some families, including his own, handle having a child who is very different than his or her parents, a child who presents the family with unique challenges.
Two things shone through for me as I watched Far From The Tree. The first was that every parent in the film loved their child unconditionally. There was nothing their child could do to make them stop loving them. And the second was how the families in the film managed to find happiness in situations where being happy might seem challenging.
I highly recommend Far From The Tree. Although not an easy movie to watch it is inspirational and a testament to the power of love.
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