I think I am one of the last people on Earth to see the movie Braveheart. It was on last night, all 3 plus hours of testosterone filled glory. I have heard many men speak reverently about this film and have read several books by author John Eldredge paralleling the themes from the movie to a man’s struggle for his heart. The movie didn’t even start until ten and my plan (ha!) for last night was to get to sleep early, but a phone call from my son’s football coach changed all that. Adam apparently broke his finger last night, the pinkie, throwing the ball around and was headed to the hospital near camp to get it x-rayed. That makes his fifth broken bone including his skull, collar bone, wrist and rib. I dryly told my mom last night that he is apparently working his way down the skeleton, so a broken leg is probably next on the list. The coach told me they would call, so to just hang tight.
That is why I was up watching Braveheart last night until 2am as I waited for more information. I was drawn into the story of young Wallace and his struggle for love and country. I could have done without the extended battle scenes and the periodic violence, but I am sure that is part of the magic draw to men and boys who love this film. At the end of the film, Wallace staunchly suffers through immense pain with dignity intact. I won’t ruin the ending in case there may be one or two other people who were living under the “I haven’t seen Braveheart yet” rock with me.
The phone finally rang around 12:45 am and Adam explained how he broke his finger and that it was no big deal. He actually didn’t even want the coaches to take him to the ER, just tape it up and give him a motrin. I asked the question I already knew the answer to, “Do you want me to drive down and pick you up?” He laughed and said, “No, mom. I am fine. Don’t worry about me, I will be home tomorrow.” He may not be battling kings or inspiring others with speechs given from horseback, but he is clearly on his own journey towards becoming a man with a brave heart.
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