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Big things come in small packages

Every day, I come across something that I think is difficult in my life. Is it because I’ve hit a lazy streak or is the task actually overwhelming? More often ...
October 22, 2008

Every day, I come across something that I think is difficult in my life. Is it because I’ve hit a lazy streak or is the task actually overwhelming? More often than not it’s a common practice for the human race to go about this day to day torture of self loathing and close themselves in an incoherent, dense fog

Little People Big World – one on my favorite shows on TLC – has made me think about life a little differently in the past little while. This is a family in which three of its members are challenged every day by things that would be simple tasks for the average sized person. Makes you appreciate the world we live in.

Matt Roloff, the father of this fantastic family of six never ceases to amaze me. In the season premier, he made it his mission to travel to Afghanistan to help a family with three dwarf children who needed medical attention. An enormous task for someone so small, the size of his heart more than made up for it. In watching the past two seasons, this isn’t the first time Matt and his family has helped the less fortunate – a charity was developed to help kids with dwarfism and also adoption processes for those who wanted to open their hearts to a small child that needed a home. I could go on about how Matt has started to change and enhance the lives of little people around him but I’m afraid I would run out of time and space. He just simply is of the best examples of a man you can find these days: driven, compassionate, family oriented, achiever and so on. Kind of makes you want to start making a difference in your own life and some of the people around you. Every bit counts right!

I know my past few entries seem to pull at my own heart strings. I guess it’s because I enjoy finding  good stories to help hide from the horrible reality of our every day society. Matt Roloff and his family have shown us how to succeed and strive forward in good and bad. I think it’s time we took a page from their book and looked at our lives a little differently.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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