Over the last weekend, my wife had invited me for an afternoon movie time to relax ourselves. We watched a family-comedy film entitled ‘Delivery Man’ (which I initially thought was an action flick, similar to Jason Statham’s ‘The Transporter’). It was a nice ‘feel-good’ movie, featuring Vince Vaughn as the lead. It was a remake of a 2011 French-Canadian film called ‘Starbuck’. Throughout the movie there are lots of things that show the difficulties, but also happiness, that one can experience when becoming a father. There were dialogues in some of the scenes that had caught my attention, as they were good thoughts to ponder.
The scene when the protagonist’s father sat down and talked with him about his money problems:
Father: “When I left Warsaw to go to the States, my father gave me $10… That was everything he had. I couldn’t turn down his help, so I promised him I’d pay him back 1,000 times over once I got rich. My father died when your mother and I still didn’t have a cent. I… I always wondered what was harder for him. Not being able to give his children enough, or not being there when they hit hard times. My great good fortune in life is to see you boys everyday. That, for me, is success“
That scene was meaningful as it presents the reality of fatherhood.
Having worked overseas myself, I feel for all the fathers out there who have fallen into a similar situation. The need to sacrifice being with your family just to be able to provide a better way of living for them. As fathers, we always want to give our children their best chance, even at the cost of us being with them, our own happiness. Though some might dispute that being with your children is much more important, it is equally just as difficult, to be with your family knowing that what they have in their day to day lives is not sufficient, and that there is a way you can provide more if you are not there.
There are also other entertaining scenes to watch out for and I would like to recommend this movie to all the fathers out there.
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