POST: 'A Real Boy' - definitely pulled on my heartstrings
What’s it about?
A Real Boy looks into the life of a family made up of two puppets and a human child. While growing older, the parents take notice of the challenges they may face raising a child that is noticeably different from them, but it’s up to them to overcome those obstacles. Let it be known your family is your family no matter your differences.
What I experienced?
After reading up on this play and preparing for it a couple days before seeing it, I became excited to realize that it was a play pretty different than what I’ve usually been seeing. Like I’ve stated before, I enjoy shows that have an underlying message to it, and A Real Boy definitely has that.
Imagine being a parent. That’s already a lot, isn’t it? But imagine being a parent to an adopted child. There’s nothing that should stop you from loving that kid. BUT, one day you’re going to have to tell this child that you’re not their biological parent and that may cause issues among the family. But it's especially difficult if it's noticeable, as the child is growing up, that they are different from you, the parent.
One thing I definitely took away from A Real Boy is that IT'S NOT ANYONE ELSE'S BUSINESS WHAT GOES ON BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, unless someone's life is in peril. But if there are differences, those that can be worked out or are just natural, then it’s nobody’s business but your own (here’s looking at you Terry).
Max is the son of the two puppets, adopted yes, but still loved most highly by those who take care of him. His kindergarten teacher, Terry, begins to worry about Max when he starts dressing in all black and basically carries on how (Terry thinks) a child shouldn’t. But, whose to judge how a child should and should not act? With that, problems arise and the topic of the town becomes: “Are these puppets fit to take care of this child?”
This is where it begins to speak to me. I know personally that we as humans are not perfect and we are far from having the perfect parents or even family units, but I don’t believe anyone who genuinely cares about their kid is unfit to be a parent. No matter what race you are, preference, gender, or challenges you may have to face - if you have your child’s well-being at heart, then who is anyone to say you’re unfit? A Real Boy may have been a play about puppets, but it definitely pulled on my heartstrings.
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