I took myself to a movie yesterday; “*Wonder.” This movie is based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name. August Pullman, or “Auggie,” was born with Treacher Collins syndrome which can manifest in downward slanting eyes, deformed ears, and more.
This and other health issues prevented him from going to a mainstream school, so his mother home-schooled him. When it is decided that Auggie is ready to go to school, he enters the fifth grade with trepidation. As you can imagine, it was a pretty rough start. But as his mother told him, “you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.”
If you have not seen this movie I don’t want to give too much away. Suffice it to say that this is a genuinely lovely movie that will make you laugh, weep and cheer for this kid. It’s a great example of the “sea change” that can happen when people look beyond the obvious. As quoted by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer: “If you have a choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.”
*Wonder is a 2017 American drama film directed by Stephen Chbosky and written by Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, and Chbosky, based on the 2012 novel of the same nameby R.J. Palacio. The film stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay, and follows a child with Treacher Collins syndrome trying to fit in.