Ever seen "The Truman Show", the movie with Jim Carrey? Jim Carrey as Truman, plays an orphan adopted by a director who then sets the baby in the middle of a movie set (town) with parents, school mates, friends and eventually a wife. They are all actors and the show is seen 24 hours, 7 days a week. Truman is the only person, in the whole world, who doesn't know it's all fake. Our Youth Pastor (Hi Rob) did a retreat centered on the movie a few years back, so I've watched it closely.
"The Truman Show" was on last night and I saw a bit of it. This morning life feels a bit like that show.
Mike's dad passed away last night. The day had been full already, Mike and Ryan had spent the day at their first NASCAR event and were still at Talladega when Mike got the call his father had had a heart attack. We'd had a wedding shower for Ryan's fiance, Casey, here in the afternoon. So friends, new and old, ate cake, talked and showered Casey with love, welcome and gifts. It was a beautiful day, with my new daughter-in-law, Carrie helping host.
With the azalea's blooming and blue skies accented with fluffy white clouds, it was a day made for a Hollywood movie set. And then at the end of the day everything spun on a dime - like they say it does. Now, the week is a totally unknown entity.
On The Truman Show, the few minutes I saw last night was when everyone is shocked to discover Truman knows something's not right. His perfect world isn't perfect after all. Life is mixture of good and bad and that mixture is the key. That mixture is truth, and what Truman was missing.
Mike's Dad was blessed with good health for 85 years and I know without a doubt if he could've chosen a day to be his last it would have been on a day when those he loved were busy living life surrounded by new family, lots of laughter, blue skies and a race car or two.
We'll miss you, Dad.