Sunday, June 19, 2016

Stoikiy Muzhik for Father's Day

This film clip featuring actor (and Oscar winner) Mark Rylance, from Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies" speaks much to me about fatherhood. The scene is set up by the convicted cold war spy Rudolph Hess telling his lawyer about a man his father knew when Hess was young. Within the context of the film, it is meant as a homage to the lawyer, played by Tom Hanks. It has a larger meaning.

Hess begins by saying his father told him "Watch this man." Is this not what children do? Watch? Watch us, and others, for good or for ill, to learn how to live their lives?

God knows, I have fallen many times. I certainly have not managed to live up to the idea here expressed. But, Fatherhood, I think, is about the trying.

Stoikiy muzhik. Stoikiy muzhik.

Thanks, Dad.

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