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Family, Friends, and Finding Nemo

Family, Friends, and Finding Nemo

Thanksgiving Wishes from CPF

Every year, during our biennial Connections Conference for Patients and Families, there’s a showing of Finding Nemo.  After lunch, with the lights low, the kids scatter across the carpet with dozens of pillows and blankets and settle in for a story from the deep blue.

Family and friends swimming along together. Happy Thanksgiving from CPF!

When we first started showing the film, we had a really good reason:  The story of a brilliant clown-fish with a birth difference (one of Nemo’s fins is smaller than the other) who goes out into the world with confidence, joy, and courage is obviously a great story to share with kids who are doing the same thing.

That’s a good reason, right?

But when we talked with kids about the film and asked, “what was this story about?” we only sometimes heard mention of Nemo’s birth difference, the smaller fin. More often, kids told us that the story was about a fish (or Nemo, or a kid) who gets lost and his friends help him find his dad (or get home). To the kids, the smaller fin is a small detail. It’s not the big story. What’s the big story? It’s a story about a supportive community helping out a few of its members, Nemo and his dad, Marlin.

We still show Finding Nemo but our really good reason is revised and expanded: The story of a brilliant clown-fish with a birth difference whose family and friends help him go out into the world with confidence, joy and courage is obviously a great story to share with kids who are doing the same thing.

And this Thanksgiving, that’s where our wishes and thanks to you begin:

 We wish you time among family and friends who help you go out into the world with confidence, joy and courage.

We wish you great sharing, of small details and big stories.

We thank you for including us among your friends and for sharing your stories with us.

Crush the Sea Turtle says to his son, Squirt, “You so totally rock!” That’s exactly how we feel about you, too.

From all of us at CPF, happy, happy Thanksgiving.

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