Many, many years ago I watched a Fred Astaire movie called "Daddy Long-Legs". I don't remember much of it, but I do recall the scene where an 18 year old orphan girl sees a shadow of the wealthy man who had just committed to provide her a college education. The shadow cast upon the wall from the headlights behind him made his legs appear incredibly long, and from that moment she began calling him Daddy Long-Legs. I know there was more to the story - it was a dancing movie and I was a kid, okay? - but I do remember that while in college she unknowingly met her benefactor only later to discover she had fallen in love with none other than Daddy Long-Legs. He proposed and they were married. The End.
So much for childhood memories, huh? But I've got an idea for a remake of this movie. No, no, no, listen, this would be very easy to do because it wouldn't require any changes except for the very end. Interested? Anyhow, when the girl discovers that the man she loves is Daddy Long-Legs she falls at his feet and begins hugging his shadow! No, that's not all, it gets much, much better than this! You see, the girl becomes fixated upon discovering every possible pattern his shadowy form takes, all the while professing her undying love for the man. And she dedicates her life to recording every nuance and variance with detailed notations. What a love! What a passionate drive!
But the final scene is guaranteed to become as legendary as the one between Rhett Butler and Scarlet O'Hara in "Gone With The Wind". Picture this: The man is standing close - you know it because his shadow is cast upon the wall in that original long-legged form. The romance is killing me, this is really getting good!!! The woman gazes intently upon the wall with all the love and passion she can muster, and she boldly professes: "I will never stop loving you with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my mind ... for my beloved Daddy Long-Legs, my only desire is to know you better!!"
What? You don't think this will hit the charts and even win an Oscar award? You think my twist won't do justice to the original story-line? You don't think it's incredibly romantic and doesn't pull your heart strings? You don't think my "shadow" idea has any credibility to it at all? Then why do we continually turn away from the reality of Christ every time somebody calls attention to the shadow of his coming? You shoulda figured that's where I got my inspiration for that ridiculous movie idea.
More to come ...