20 seconds

If you haven’t seen the movie We Bought A Zoo do yourself a favor and go see it.

If you need reasons, here’s a few:

1.  Matt Damon (He’s talented, he’s easy on the eyes, and he loves teachers.  And his mother.  ‘Nuff said.)

2.  ScarJo plays a role as a capable, caring professional who wears job-appropriate clothing.

3.  In the middle of the movie, Matt Damon delivers what has to be one of the best lives I’ve heard in a movie in a while.


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You know, sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage; just literally 20 seconds of just embarrassing bravery.  

And I promise you, something great will come of it.”

In the movie, Matt Damon’s character is referring to 20 seconds of insane bravery with a girl.  It’s cute.  And trite.

But I like to think that whoever wrote that line had exercised a kind of courage far deeper than admitting an adolescent crush.

My twenty seconds (ok ok, maybe it was more like 5 minutes) was when we got that fateful pumpkin patch phone call;  the one that added a whole person to our family.

I look back now and think about how much we DIDN’T know in that moment.  We knew nothing of our new daughter other than a couple of details. We had no idea how much risk we were facing.  We had no idea how many sleepless nights we’d stare down.  Or how many court dates.  Or social worker visits.

But instead of assessing or considering or discussing, B and I looked at each other, nodded, and just jumped.

Our “something great” is nearly 2-and-a-half now and no less a miracle today that she was then.



I want to believe that the “just jump” moments are a common human experience.  I want to believe we have all experienced that crossroads moment when we had to just go for it.  And I want to hear about them.

Won’t you leave a comment below and tell me…

When did you have your “20 seconds” and what was your reward?