Retelling the Story (#BlogExodus, Day 2)
The movie Big Fish by Tim Burton is the story of the relationship between a father and son over a lifetime. The father is famous for telling fantastical stories about his experiences. Given an opening, he will jump in telling tall tales that become more and more improbable. As a boy, the son loves every minute of it. As a teen, the son tolerates it. As an adult, the son can't stand it. Why doesn't he like his father's stories? The stories are always fantastical and, as far as he is concerned, not true. Not surprisingly, the son becomes a journalist who pursues the facts and truth. Towards the end of the movie, the son comes to a realization about his father: He told the story so many times he became the story. That is my favorite moment in the entire movie because the statement rings true.
#BlogExodus is a Passover blogging project that began on the first day of the Hebrew month Nisan and will continue until Passover. It was started by Rabbi Phyllis Sommer, who encourages individuals to participate on their blogs and/or their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Learn more about how you can participate.