The Way Home - Movie Underscores Priorities

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Today, I’d like to share another great family movie The Way Home which was released in late 2010 and is now available on DVD or Amazon Instant Video. Dean Cain (of Superman fame) and Lori Beth Edgeman reenact the true story of Randy and Christal Simpkin’s frantic search for their missing two year old son Joe. The movie is based on the Simpkins’ book Our Way Home, which tells the true story of their lives leading up to Little Joe’s disappearance.

At the start of the film, we immediately get the sense that Randy and Christal are just like you and me – stressed out, overly busy, and needing a little time away. We find them packing for a trip, but also both distracted by details and last minute “to do” list items. Randy takes a minute while supervising Little Joe to check his work email, and in the space of just a few minutes, the toddler goes missing.

What unfolds over the rest of the film is every parent’s nightmare: a frantic search for a little one who could be abducted or even dead. But we’re also treated to a front row seat as we watch the Simpkin’s community — both their neighbors and their faith community — come forward to their aid, both spiritually and physically.

The search for the child is intense and the range of emotions both Randy and Christal face is well acted and far too easy to believe. Who among us hasn’t had nightmares about a little one’s disappearance, or even lost a child for a moment or two in a crowded store?

But even more so than that feeling, I related greatly to Randy Simpkin’s tremendous remorse over the misplaced priority he’d been placing on earning a living for his family. In today’s world, so many of us expend so much effort on providing the best for our children that we may forget that what’s truly most important for them is our love and our time.

I won’t give away the ending of The Way Home, but I will say that this is a film you can enjoy with children and teens, as long as you watch along with them and address any fears they may experience about becoming lost themselves. It may also provide a good chance to offer a lesson for early elementary schoolers on what to do if they themselves should ever become lost.

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children’s fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa’s articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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