So there’s this – you’ve probably already seen it, but if not, you owe it to yourself to watch it:
I watched this short film with my wife, and I’ll admit that there were a few moments when I was close to crying, a little. It is a wonderful thing to see a child’s eyes light up as Caine’s do. But then I remembered that my sheer manliness made crying physically impossible, and so I stopped. But there is no doubt that this piece is inspirational and touching, to say the very least.
But to be honest, Caine Monroy (the little boy) is only my second favorite character in the video. Caine is indeed special, brimming with creativity and joy, living in the thin place where reality and imagination collides. But he’s special in a way that all children are special. All kids are awesome and deserve attention and indie films made in their honor. THEY ALL DEFINITELY DESERVE COLLEGE FUNDS. My own children have moments like this. For example, my daughter invented a far away planet called “Planet Zoycs and the Third Dimenchin”, complete with an alien language and a handy glossary for common terms:
My favorite person from the video was actually Nirvan Mullick, the filmmaker. You see, it was Nirvan who first recognized something wonderfully creative in Caine’s arcade, and then actually took the time to play a few games, something that countless people probably declined to do before him, and after. But then he went way further, investing his own creativity and time and effort into filming the arcade, and then mobilizing dozens of people to come and play. If not for Nirvan, Caine’s story would have gone completely unrecognized, and we would not have this wonderful testament to the awesomeness of Caine, and to all children.
Moreover, Nirvan’s example serves as an important model for all of us big people. When we consciously invest in children, and make special effort to celebrate their uniqueness and creativity, their lives are changed for the better. But frankly, so are our own as we recapture some of that sense of wonderment and freedom that we ourselves had when we were younger. And the world at large is improved, its future brighter, and more filled with some of the most wonderful fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Kindness.
So here’s to you, Nirvan Mullick! If it were appropriate to start a college fund for you, I would donate. But at the very least, I would be happy to send you a new door handle for your Corolla. Just give me your mailing address.