Posted January 18, 2018 06:06:07A little over a year ago, I got an email from a man with an interesting message.
He wanted me to take his son to see The Lego Movie.
“I’m hoping that he will like the movie,” the email read.
The message was the start of a very long and drawn out conversation, one that took me through two years of planning and getting ready to take my son to a movie in the very heart of Ireland.
It’s not just about the movie itself, however.
I’m also hoping he’ll like the music and the characters, too.
There’s a very real risk in this, though.
I’m not the only parent in this situation.
I’ve been contacted by many parents across the country who are faced with the same dilemmas, whether it’s their kids having to spend their time alone in a dark, dark cinema or having to watch a film in front of them.
In a country where more than a quarter of the population live in poverty, and where the average family income is only around €300 per week, I have heard many stories of families struggling to make ends meet, often for a second or third child.
As a parent myself, it’s been a very personal experience for me.
My own son, Liam, was born with a genetic disorder, which has been diagnosed as Down syndrome.
After three years of intensive care, we were able to see the first of many screenings of the movie.
The film has a very different atmosphere from our home.
There are very few people in our family, and I had to be very careful with Liam.
But despite our difficulties, we are incredibly grateful to the people of Ireland who have helped us through this ordeal.
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