Viggo Mortensen is a prominent actor from the United States.
They live in splendid isolation in a wilderness area of the U. Northwest, completely off-the-grid, rigorously engaged in spartan pursuit of physical and intellectual excellence, with an emphasis on egalitarian discourse and collective problem solving.
As the story begins, we are deprived of Leslie’s presence, making the intensely pro-active parenting enterprise even more challenging for Ben.
As George Mac Kay, who plays Bodevan, and I acted out that part of the movie, I came to think about how I felt on the occasion of my real-life son Henry’s departure to study at university back in 2006.
I was proud of him and knew he was ready, that it was a positive step forward for him.
He is of Danish, American, and Canada, English and Nova Scotia descent.
As a child, he spent his childhood days at several places by struggling.
Not being anywhere near the Columbia River at this moment, I am going by recent memory of tangible representations of that time, like those red rocks that now border our roses, and that snapshot of you and Brigit which I cannot find this morning. Over the years we have done many things together, visited all kinds of faraway places to learn a bit about our finite world, but I know I lost far too many chances to share in your singular adventures.
Mostly I am guided by abstracted glimpses of our shared past—fallen trees I helped you clamber over, bee stings, skinned knees, your warm tears, dusk-stained clouds reflected in your eyes, your first bicycle ride without training wheels, your first solo swim in the deep-end of a pool. Often, when you asked me to play “Fight,” “Village,” or “Dinosaurs” with your plastic friends, prehistoric creatures, farm animals, and your sticks, strings, stones, blocks, ribbons and rags, I answered: “Wait a minute, just let me finish writing this down… Today you left home as a young man, moving over a threshold and across the country to begin a new life.
The eldest of the home-schooled brood, Bodevan, aged 17, has secretly applied to and been accepted at a number of top universities, including Ivy-League schools Harvard, Yale and Princeton.