Who wouldn’t want to be a movie star? They are rich and beautiful and their pictures are everywhere. Go to any grocery line and you see their perfection gracing the covers of many magazines.
If I made millions, I could probably look pretty good. I’d get facials, manicures, pedicures and my hairstyle would rock! But it wouldn’t stop there. I can guarantee I’d splurge a little. I’d hire someone to do my house-cleaning, my laundry, and my grocery shopping. I might even spend $695 on a pair of Louboutins.
On Sunday, I watched a Grammy’s award show full of designer gowns, diamond jewelry, and sparkly shoes on the red carpet. And, just like everyone else, I was starstruck. I mean, seriously, who could not be dazzled by Nicole Kidman’s Jean Paul Gaultier gown?
About halfway through though, I don’t know, something struck me as odd. Maybe it’s just me but do we really need to see stars spending who knows how much to arrive in an egg? Are we so starved for something new that we are no longer moved by something real?
Contrast these “beautiful” people from the movies with a humble and handsome man named Matt Keil. He’s a wounded warrior…hit by a sniper during a tour in Iraq. Now he’s a quadriplegic who has only partial use of one arm. And he and his wife had a simple desire to be parents.
You won’t see him on the red carpet. He probably won’t be on a show viewed by millions. But a TV station in Colorado, 9NEWS, did follow this couple through the process of starting a family. And they became pregnant with triplets.
Their story is one of happiness and heartache. Tracy, Keil’s wife said they lost one of the babies, a boy, who had no heartbeat. “It just really messed with my mind. I just really thought ‘this will be smooth because of everything we’ve been through’ so I wasn’t expecting that.” Theirs is a picture of the hard life wrapped in strong love and patient persistence. The other two children were born prematurely and are now safely home with their parents after a lengthy hospital stay…much like the one their father endured on his road to recovery.
This man is not your classic movie star but I think people like him should get more of the spotlight. After all, tenacity, faith and overcoming difficult circumstances are the stuff movies are made of. Occasionally stories like these rise to the surface for the nation to be inspired…but not nearly enough.
Maybe I’m maturing. Maybe I’m out of touch. But I’d rather see these kinds of role models on the red carpet any day.