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Hush Puppy

Updated: Jan 19, 2021

A scene from Beasts of the Southern Wild:

Hush Puppy is on her way to see her mama and is talking to the boat captain.

Where to are we goin?

It don’t matter baby. This boat will take you exactly where you need to be. It’s just that kind of boat.

The boat takes her and the other motherless kids to the Elysian Fields “night club.” She meets her mama, they dance, she whispers something in her mama’s ear, then leaves.

When she returns home, Hush Puppy and her daddy share a eucharist of hush puppies. They cry, hug, and he dies. Their friends say a liturgy as she lights her daddy’s funeral pyre and pushes him out to sea.

Then she says,

When it all goes quiet behind my eyes, I see everything that made me, flying around in invisible pieces. When I look too hard, it goes away. But when it all goes quiet, I see they are right here. I see that I’m a little piece of a big, big universe, and that makes things right.

Indeed it does. It's a relief to realize, at whatever age, that you aren't the center of the universe. You aren't even the center of your universe. Something bigger is, Something better, Something indefinable, inscrutable, eternal. And that makes things right.

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