September 4, 2016
The Forgotten was a 2004 movie starring Julianne Moore and is described as a science fiction psychological thriller drama.
The film’s plot revolves around a woman who loses a son in a plane crash, then wakes one morning to be told that she never had a son, even though she can clearly remember him. The character’s memories are intact but with no physical evidence — no photos or videos — that contradicts the claims of her husband and her psychiatrist, she sets out in search for solid evidence of her son’s existence.
It’s a conspiracy, of course.
Special calendar days — such as Christmas or birthdays or Fathers Day — inspire memories of days past, when departed loved ones still shared our lives. Remembering is a double-edged sword. Fond memories are juxtaposed with feelings of loss and lost opportunities.
Yet, there is no conspiracy in our home. Photos are displayed proudly, special calendar days are a time to celebrate the memory of those no longer with us, stories are shared, and I only need to look at the young people around our Fathers Day lunch table as solid evidence of Dad’s existence.
So, here’s to you, Dad. Happy Fathers Day. Gone now, but not forgotten…