The Road by Cormac McCarthy had such a profound effect on me; it is one of my favorite novels of all time.
No tiny feat considering that we were only on the unconscious cusp of wanting children when we listened to the audio book during our Southwest trip in May 2007.
It was one of those defining moments that filled our hearts with loving choice.
Over and over again the book's theme of parental love and protection against dismal nuclear devastation and end-of-the-world odds was punctuated by beautiful passages of prose.
Yep, I really liked it.
However, we knew it was going to be tough to watch the movie version of The Road.
And 15 minutes in, Mama said to stop. It was just too much now that we have children.
The scene was the father tenderly washing his son's head in a stream after a violent encounter with one of the bad folk roaming the desolate earth.
That was it. We turned it off.
But earlier than that there was a line I can and will never, ever forget:
The child is my warrant, and if he is not the Word of God, then God never spoke.
There are places in the world today just as post-apocalyptic as that of The Road, with fathers, mothers and children dying at the hands of their relentless enemies.
That of us. Sometimes for a dollar. Sometimes for sport. Sometimes for survival.
Sometimes we just come up short.
I don't subscribe to supercilious dogma and I'm not a praying man, but I don't believe in the fallacy that God never speaks.
My faith comes from the fallout of loving words that drift slowly to the floor and coalesce into pools of hope.
Amen. I will protect that faith with my life.
Be better people. Be better parents. Take the lead.