Posts Tagged ‘destiny’

no particular reason

January 2, 2010

It’s cold here, by our standards at least. We hibernated around the electronic hearth last night.

Forrest Gump is a good holiday family film, we found, though the battlefield scenes were particularly upsetting to Younger Daughter– and a couple of others, she thought, were just too icky to look at. But overall, we agreed, it was a sad and funny and hopeful and silly and even, fleetingly, profound entertainment.

“I don’t know if momma’s right, or Lieutentant Dan, I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re just floatin’ along accidental-like on a breeze…I think maybe it’s both.” It is both, so long as you don’t lean too hard on the notion of “destiny.” We all have plenty of destiny-shaping opportunities, for sure. But like a good chocolate assortment, you never know what you’re gonna get. And like the urge to run (or walk), transforming experiences often seem to happen for no particular reason but they have to happen before we can move on. What a powerful message, too, about the generations of life (Dewey’s “continuous human community”) and how they complete us.

This was so much better than the Hugh Grant-Sarah Jessica Parker letdown we wasted our time at the multiplex with!