I still remember sitting in the dollar theater with David in the summer of 2010 during one of our movie marathon dates. We were in the process of rebuilding our life after the adoption failed, and we were finally beginning to heal. Julian had recently entered our life, though it would be another year before we met him face to face.
As we sat in the theater watching The Blind Side, I suddenly found tears flooding down my cheeks, with Juan David heavy on my mind. Michael Oher (main character from the movie) had a brand new chance at life, gained a family, and surpassed all odds, becoming a famous football player. I just kept thinking, "Why, God? Why couldn't you give Juan David that chance, too? Why didn't you let him come home to us?"
Tonight Juan David came home saying that he needed to watch The Blind Side for a homework assignment. We found it online and sat down together to watch it. I had to translate several parts to him. Parts that were parallel to his own life. Wow. What a humbling opportunity, over three years after the first time I watched it, thinking only of him. Who knows just how God might use his soccer abilities to help him surpass all the odds that have been stacked against him, just like Michael Oher.
All I can say is that watching it with him tonight was quite an emotional experience, especially remembering the emotions and thoughts it evoked in me the first time.