When Beau began filming “Little Accidents” a few weeks ago, we knew we were about to experience something extraordinary. After all, we had an extraordinary director and a cast and crew that embraced the idea of inclusion and acceptance on every level possible. What we didn’t know was that some of the most extraordinary moments would take place far away from the lights, cameras and excitement of movie making – they would take place when two boys – who had never experienced the joys of brotherhood – formed a friendship.
It was a few days before we were scheduled to begin filming that Beau and Jacob first connected via Skype. Jacob, a talented actor from Arkansas with a heart of gold, had been cast as Beau’s older brother in the film. The boys hit it off from the first moment they met and what has developed since is one of the most meaningful and true friendships Beau has ever experienced.
Growing up in a house full of sisters, Beau has never known the blessing of brotherhood…until now. And if I could have custom ordered the perfect brother for him, I would have designed him to be just like Jacob. His sense of humor is always good medicine for Beau’s soul. His intelligence challenges Beau to think about things differently. His patience and understanding encourages Beau to try harder and be more. And perhaps most importantly, his compassion and loyalty makes him one of the finest people I have ever known. He is good for Beau and makes him happy. And that’s all any parent could ever wish for in a friend for their child.
Yesterday we celebrated Jacob’s birthday and Beau insisted that we start the day by singing “Happy Birthday” to him. After all, that’s how we celebrate birthdays in our family . . . and Jacob is family.