RAISING A DAD – 19 July 2013

I might find you

Dads in films and on TV are a varied bunch. From Cliff Huxtable to Homer Simpson and a plethora of others, each has his own unique take on the fatherhood phenomenon.

One of my favourites is Bryan Mills you might not get the name but you’ll probably know him. This is Liam Neeson’s character from ‘Taken’.

He’s a legend.

If you can get past the vengeful nature of his character and the violent way in which he gets his point across…he’s a legend.

If you haven’t seen it, his teenage daughter is captured by human traffickers in Europe and he must single-handedly track her down and return her home safely.

There’s an iconic scene where he tells his daughter she’s about to be taken and gets one chance to speak to her captor on the phone. He says this;

“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you’re looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money… but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that will be the end of it – I will not look for you, I will not pursue you… but if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you… and I will kill you”

These are no idol threats…he’s got the skills, and a threatening accent to deliver this promise.

I have the accent.

I have none of these skills.

This is my impending fatherhood fear today.


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