At this time of Thanksgiving when so many families get together to eat and visit, every family has at least one black sheep. Sometimes they attend the event, other times they “can’t get a ride.” These are folks who’ve done time, drugs, and crimes no one usually brings up or even knows about. I’ve always seen myself as the one to reach out. I’ve had my proverbial hand-slapped many times as well.
The movie “A River Runs Through it” gives some classic black sheep insight. Brad Pitt, Paul Maclean, says to Craig Sheffer, Norman Maclean, about his girlfriend’s “black sheep” brother who has gotten drunk on a fishing outing and passed out:
Maybe he just likes that you keep trying.
This reveals not only insight into what this man might need as a black sheep but also what Pitt’s character may appreciate. In the end he’s killed in a bar fight and no one can save him despite his family’s attempts to “keep trying.”
Perhaps the secret this season to getting along with our own black sheep is to “keep trying.” That may be rough or it may have some smooth spots with a few laughs over turkey and pumpkin pie. What about you? Any black sheep? Perhaps you’re the black sheep?