On families


If there is any one movie that I believe best captures the essence of what families really stand for then it has got to be Little Miss Sunshine.

A teen-age son on a vow of silence as a follower of Nietzsche; A grandfather who dotes on his grand-daughter while finding relief in the whiff of dope, a father who is essentially a loser but is trying to find success at pep-talk and self-help; A mother who is acutely aware of being disorganized despite her best efforts; A suicidal uncle; And a little 7 year old girl, the darling of the family, who has just one dream – winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant.

That was Little Miss Sunshine. While it might seem to exaggerate the eccentricities of nuclear families, think again. What about your family?

Take a moment to think of all the individuals in your family, including your good self and you may see what I am driving at. There is a lot of humour in real life and we miss it because we are inside the frame. Step out of the frame, especially when things get rough to be able to appreciate how unconditional love keeps such a motley of people together.

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