by Craig Juntunen
The Music Box Theater in Chicago distinguished itself as the most beautiful theater we have had the privilege to screen STUCK in. The Music Box is an old-style theater, with majestic ceilings and beautifully appointed walls. A red velvet curtain with its countless folds draped down to hide the theater screen.
When we walked in to do our pre-check in the afternoon, Samar and I said simultaneously, “This is the most beautiful theater I have ever been in.”
The beauty of the theater held a symbolic point of reference. Our three kids have rejoined the tour and will be with us for the next few cities. Having them back on board is a personal definition of beautiful. Amelec, Espie and Quinn started the tour and traveling the first fifteen cites with them was so enjoyable and meaningful we have all been looking forward to being back on the road together. Sharing the tour and everything it means with the three of them is an experience I will never forget.
Tonight, I brought the kids on stage with me to introduce the film. Before the four of us walked up the steps of the impressive theater stage, I considered them standing next to me as a defining moment and quickly reflected what the moment meant to me as a father, as a family, and what a significant source of inspiration the three of them have been.
We became a family on August 26, 2006. What has been reinforced everyday since, is kids are kids, whether they are born in Houston or Haiti. It is marvelous to witness how their potential has shown up and becomes more defined as the days go by.
Chicago was a huge hit in many more ways than one. We again had the privilege to be part of the STUCK experience with a couple hundred people and many of the relationships established tonight will form and grow this movement. I may sound like a broken record but tonight I became a better man by sharing an evening with so many wonderful people who care about social justice.
As Ron guided the bus out of town, the kids and I crammed into the front seat next to his. We drove through downtown Chicago, leaving Illinois and the beautiful Chicago skyline covered in a full moon. The brilliantly lit buildings with the full moon perched over them was a beautiful sight. The image symbolized the entire evening. It was a beautiful night.