Yan's Corner - In Touch

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Henry finds more

I am now working to launch a project called “Cahaya Mata – Bunga Bunga Syruga". It literally means “Children – flowers from heaven”. This is a community project on parenting initiated by the Sarawak Society for Parents of Handicapped Children, also known as PIBAKAT.

As I work on the project, I begin to see areas in our lives where we should try to be more in touch with our surroundings and people; to love more and do more for others.

It also takes me down to memory lane of a 1991 film Regarding Henry - a man who has everything, but after a tragedy, he finds more.

Henry is a lawyer who makes a lot of money. He is only concerned with money and image. One evening, Henry goes down to a store to buy a pack of cigarettes. A robber shoots him. A bullet hits on the head. He survives the shooting. But his brain is damaged. He cannot remember anything. If that weren't enough, Henry also has to recover his speech and mobility, in a life he no longer fits into.

His marriage was in shambles before the shooting. However, Sarah (his wife) took him home and attends to his needs.

His relationship with his daughter, Rachel takes a new twist. Henry finds that with the mind of a child, he is able to communicate and befriend her.

It’s not so much of the story that is remarkable. But, it is the thoughts on what should be important in our lives. It shows an extremely accomplished and arrogant man having to relearn what it means to be “alive”.

He turns from an arrogant man to a helpless child and finally an innocent child.

He finds more!

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