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2022 Grateful 27: If anything happens, I love you

Written and directed by Will McCormack and Michael Govier, this beautifully animated Academy-award-winning 2020 short – If anything happens, I love you –  is as relevant today as it was then. This is the trailer.

You can find the full 12 minutes on Netflix.

It’s not just guns in schools though. It’s war. It’s old age. It’s ill health. It’s everything. The fragility of life is a recurring thought with me these days. We really don’t ever know the day or the hour.

I saw a photo of my dad with his younger brother when he went to visit him recently. Both are in their mid-90s. My dad was holding his brother’s hand, looking at him and seeing perhaps the boys they both once were. They’re heading towards the exit and perhaps looking at the state of what they’ll be leaving behind, they’re happy to be going. This might have been the last time they see each other. Or they could both live to see a hundred. Who knows.

We’re born. We live. We die. That’s the way it is. The only question is when. Few of us can answer that. Those who can perhaps would rather not be able to.

Am grateful to all the artists out there – poets, playwrights, filmmakers, novelists, painters, sculptors – everyone who so beautifully captures the angst in our world and gives us words or images on which to hang our feelings.






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