Dad and I watched The Boy in the Striped Pajamas last night. Wow. Certainly not an easy movie to watch, but I believe it’s worthwhile.
I want to be more like Bruno, the eight-year old boy whose life is turned upside down when his father is given a promotion and their family is moved to a new assignment, leaving Berlin behind.
Bruno loved to imagine flying planes and killing bad-guys and making the world a better place.
He was sure that is what his father’s life was committed to and I’m convinced that His father believed so, as well.
It was Bruno’s natural curiosity and desire for companionship after the family moved way out in the country that motivated him to explore the back garden — despite the warnings to not go back there — and then to escape out through a window in the shed into the woods behind the house. He ultimately found a friend and they played through the fence that separated them.
I’m not going to retell the story here. It is,in my opinion, a story that needs to be experienced in the context of at least a movie if not the book. It would be too trivial, at best, to reduce these relationships into summary. To understand why I want to be like Bruno, you need to spend time with him yourself.
Still, I will say that it is his love for exploration and quick willingness to believe the best in people no matter what others around him are doing, and his longing to be a real friend even when he knows he’s not as good at is as he hoped to be that endears him to me.