As Elizabeth Banks’ character Wendy Cooper spells out in a YouTube worthy meltdown, for many women the act of bringing a life to term and into the world is filled with more than its fair share of discomfort, embarrassment, and things you never want to remember. As a group of fathers tells their to-be father friend, being a parent changes your whole life. And at the end of the day, any man or woman rightfully has reason to be terrified of the entire thing.
However, as the fathers also tell their friend, it’s worth it and they wouldn’t want their lives any other way. As we see as several of the new mothers hold their babies in their arms for the first time, even though there may be many things that are far from magical about pregnancy and parenthood, a new life is a miracle that can’t help but also fill you with the glow of life and love. And as we see with another mother, even if that baby is never one you get to hold, the loss of its life is one you feel deep inside.
However, more than just a movie about the miracle of a newborn baby and the joy of parenthood, as I see it, WTEWYE is about the miracle of life in a broader sense. It is about the value of a child whether planned or unplanned. It is about the beauty of that child regardless of gender or race or genetic relation. It is about the love we were created to give and the love we yearn for from the moment we are born. It is about the enduring nature of our value beyond just those first few days in our crib. And it is about the kind of love that celebrates us every day of our lives and that would do anything to see us smile, to ease our pain, to deliver us from danger, and to help us find joy in the unique person each of us was created to be and the true miracle of life we have been given.