Would you undo?

Saturday Mood: Thoughtful We just finished watching this movie “Next” with Nicholas Cage and Julianne Moore. It was pretty good, and had an excellent premise: A guy is able to see 2 minutes into his own future, and gets wrapped up in saving the world. Well, that sounds a bit simplistic, to the point where you might not want to rent this one… but it is a goodie. It makes me wonder what it would be like to be able to see into my future, even if only for 2 minutes at a time… how many things would I change? Immediately, my thoughts move to my kids, and preventing any and all injuries and scary things that happen to them. Would you if you could? I imagine a lot of that would be reflex… But then again, how else to learn the lessons of life if not through firsthand experience? This is not to say I would let my daughter re-slam her pinky in the heavy door that caused her tiny fingertip to pop like a bubble of goo… or that I would watch as my two younger sons crashed into each other denting teeth into heads, and through lips… but I might make a point of putting the scissors away before my daughter decided she wanted to be an 80’s version of Cyndi Lauper. (a few days prior to Christmas picture time.)

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I would like to rewind and undo that flurry of matchbox cars that magically flew over the railing and rained down into and through the glass bowl of the chandelier that is still hanging in my foyer. I would unburn dinner, and I would definitely have rephrased that wisecrack that started the fight I had with my husband. Throughout the movie, Nicholas Cage’s character walks unperturbed and calm, knowing he is safe at all times, altering whatever he has to to get out of the pickle he is in at the moment… so I imagine it would be a pretty safe existence – to be able to prevent anything bad from happening to you. I am reminded of the movie “Finding Nemo” where Marlon is telling Dory that he promised Nemo he would never let anything happen to him. And she replies that you wouldn’t want to never let anything happen to him, because then nothing would ever happen to him. And so I wonder…

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