D o you remember, a few years ago, hearing the news story about the 16-year-old girl who had become lost at sea while trying to become the youngest person to solo circumnavigate the globe?
We watched and prayed with the rest of the world.
Abby Sunderland was found safe, but injured, and was rescued from the Indian Ocean, unable to continue her journey. Oh, and the record she was trying to beat? It was set by her brother, Zac.
Last year, I had the privilege of getting to know Zac and Abby Sunderland’s mom, Marianne, online. She has an incredible blog full of fantastic resources for parents of dyslexic kids, since 6 of her 7 reading age, homeschooled kids are dyslexic.
When Marianne offered me the chance to review her children’s documentary DVDs, I was thrilled to agree. I thought they were something that would fascinate my kids – the story of two kids, about the age of my oldest, who had taken these incredible journeys on their own at such a young age.
I think my friend, Amy, perfectly summed up my thoughts about my kids watching these DVDs – kids need role models and the Sunderland kids exemplify the concept of doing the hard things.
Zac’s story is told in Intrepid, Parts 1 and 2.
Intrepid: (adj.) : characterized by resolute fearlessness, fortitude, and endurance – Merriam-Webster.com
Intrepid is not only the name of Zac’s boat, but a very good description of the person himself. Zac set off alone, at the age of 16, to become the youngest person to solo circumnavigate the globe. He was at sea for over 13 months, stopping at various ports along the way and facing some amazing, and often frightening, challenges on his journey.
Part 2 starts off with the tale of his run-in with pirates. It’s funny because I had that DVD playing while I was in the kitchen alone washing dishes. Josh came wandering in and asked, “Can I watch this,” thinking it was some action movie I was watching. Then, Brian came in. Pretty soon, the kitchen was full of people standing around watching and waiting to see what happened.
Abby’s story is told in a single DVD, Wildeyes, winner of such awards as:
- Director’s Choice for Best Documentary (San Diego Christian Film Festival)
- Audience Choice Best Documentary (Big Bear International Film Festival)
- Best First Time Director (Laurence, Abby’s Dad – Silent River Film Festival)
One of the things I liked best about Abby’s story is the fact that her dad wanted her to be a part of every aspect of preparing her boat for the journey. She was there for all the work that was done – watching, learning, and doing, so that she could handle whatever came up when she got out on the water on her own. Hands-on homeschooling at its finest.
Abby and Zac’s parents were often ridiculed for letting their children set off on such dangerous journey’s alone and at such young ages. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine it myself. I told Brianna, as we watched Abby’s story, that I couldn’t imagine letting my 17-year-old son fly to France to meet his 16-year-old sister and having the two of them wander around Paris together for a bit before boarding a plane back to the states. However, it becomes clear, as you watch the documentary videos, that both young people had been being prepared for such a journey from the time they were young children.
In one of the DVDs, Zac makes a point that I’ve mentioned before, which is, essentially, we don’t expect a lot from our teenagers. They go through this period of adolescence that used to be a time to prepare them for adulthood, but has now become just an extended childhood. Our teens need to be discovering and pursuing their passions so that they can become the men and women God has called them to be.
See, that’s another fact that quickly becomes clear as you watch any one of these three documentaries – this family loves God and He is a central part of their lives. Their faith and their values have clearly shaped their lives, their family, and their actions. They are boldly and unashamedly Christian.
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