In Homage to the Movie That Started it All…
As if placed there just for us- a tiny, off-the-beaten-path cinema, the Cinéma Majestic, with only one movie screen in this town of Lourdes, was playing the movie The Way. The Way, starring Martin Sheen, and the directorial debut of Emilio Estevez, was the last movie my mom and I saw together in the movie theatre. I believe it is an important film for religious and secular people alike to watch. It has an uplifting message, and it’s an excellent dramatization of the journey that is El Camino de Santiago de Compostela- The Way of Saint James. The movie happened to be playing in independent theatres back in November, 2K11, when I had driven my mom from Louisiana to Washington, DC, so that she could finally see where Shannon and I were living. We went on a whim- the impression the movie made on both of us was much deeper. Even before we left the theatre that day, my mom turned to me and asked, that I one day make this pilgrimage carrying her and my dad’s ashes with me. It was a powerful moment, and although I did my best to deflect her question, in order to not be faced with admitting she would one day, in the near future, probably pass away, I knew inside that there was something important and necessary about her question. That evening, I babbled incessantly about the movie to Shannon, and I even mused about the idea of us doing such a hike. Not seriously mind you- that would be a preposterous prospect. Can you imagine two people like us doing something like hiking over 500 miles in Europe?
Distance: The Distance Today is a Secret, Until My Post About our First Day’s Hike in Two Days!
Location: Somewhere in France
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