Tuesday, August 9, 2011

An Excellent Question.......

Our cable channel was running a series of gangster movies last week.  It was hosted by Rudy Giuliani.  Their first movie was, of course,  Mario Puzo's "The Godfather", starring Marlon Brando, James Caan, Al Pacino and Robert Duvall.

I read the book when it was first published, and I loved it.  I have seen the movie several times, and it is one of the very few films that really do come close to the excellence of the book.

But, as I watched the movie again last week, I was struck by one scene that had not made an impression on me before.  It is the scene following the death of the Godfather, in which Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) is alone with his mother.  He asks her this question:  "How did dad really feel in his heart?"

I was surprised to hear him ask that question.  I mean, he grew up close to his father.  You would think he would have known what his dad felt in his heart, wouldn't you?

Hmmm.........interesting question.  I got to thinking what my dad felt in his heart.  I was pretty surprised to find that I can't tell you what he felt.  I grew up with my dad, but I strangely cannot say that I knew him.

Are there people in your life that you think you know/knew, but upon further review find that you do not/did not?


  1. It sure is an excellent question! I would have to say only God really knows us.

  2. Wow..deep question. I think you are right. I think we live in a time when we are caught up with ourselves..and think more of 'us' that others around us. Live is so busy...we often don't take the time to get into another life..even though we are close to someone.

  3. A good question I guess God only knows the answer,

    Blogger has stopped me from viewing my blog page,I can use the dash board and comment but just can't see my work.


  4. A very deep question..
    I only hope, that I knew my parents!!!

  5. Well, up until I had grown kids of my own, I never realized that just maybe, deep in their hearts, my parents didn't always look forward to family get-togethers.

  6. I think most people we think we know would surprise us. We all tend to wear a bit of a facade, consciously or not.
    Arkansas Patti

  7. Oh yes...I thought I knew my Ex, but I know him really since we are seperated :-(((

    Have a beautiful day

  8. oh I knew them-since my mom and dad had 14 kids ----the boys got a college degree ----the girls got a MRS. degree- [ like in get married and become a MRS. so someone else can support you not me- and after MY 3rd pregnancy my father had the nerve to ask what do you thing you are ,"A DOG "

  9. Oh, YES, to answer your question? Yes indeed~
    Bill and I watched some of the gangster movies too. I don't know why they intrigue me. Perhaps it is because I used to work a restaurant on the east coast where many congregated....they were great tippers...and it left me feeling a bit guarded back then, when they always requested me to wait on them....
    hmmm, take the tips and keep my mouth shut~

  10. Interesting question you posed here Clint, one for me to ponder on my drive today. Enjoy your day and have a fantastic weekend! I'll get back to you here if I remember to think about this question, generally I'm too busy savoring the countryside and thanking God for the amazing scenery. :-)

  11. Wow Clint what a great question. I knew my Dad but as every father all he did was work to support his family leaving little time for us.
    When he was diagnosed with terminal cancer we would sit everyday and he would tell me how he really felt about his life. I listened to every word. He was tired he had worked hard all his life and he was ready to move on to the next life with his parents. He loved us all so much and hoped he had did a good job of letting us know that. I told him he had. He only lived four months after being diagnosed. I miss him terribly and wish he had not had to work, and worry so much.His life was hard and we never knew just how hard. I don't think I ever knew exactly how he felt. B