Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Reel Paradise - The Laughter

I enjoyed Reel Paradise and the glimpse into the Pierson's time in Fiji. The parent/child relationships. The struggles of a parent to be a good parent. But what really resonated with me, was the laughter. The guttural, stomach aching laughter of a hundred kids in a movie theater. The curiosity and wide eyes leaning over the backs of chairs. How the movies cross language and cultural boundaries. How a Buster Keaton film can make a theater full of Fijians laugh and laugh and laugh.

Hanging out with Theo and Clare this week I witnessed that gift of laughter every day. That toothy smile that just hurts your cheeks to look at. The way Clare teases him and kisses his nose and how that just makes him spill over with grins and uncontrollable giggles. There's nothing better than that.

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