Man makes emotional video about all the unopened voicemail messages from his mom
My family have a ton of old family videos, and it's almost impossible to find them. They're spread out around my parents' home, some likely stored in the garage or the attic, and maybe some in my grandma's house. I know that some got transferred onto DVDs at some point, but now we don't know where they are or what videos have made the jump to the digital side of things.
This struggle was something Charles' mom was going through when she called him one day, speaking of how frustrated she was with transferring their old family footage onto a hard drive. "What home videos?" he recalled saying, somehow not knowing that his family had over 20 hours of footage from his childhood, which included everything from fireworks displays to his adorable rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
Charles, a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, offered to do the digital transfer himself, but watching the videos sparked off something inside of him. "I watched every clip, end to end," he said. "I cried, I laughed, and then I wondered, what happened? Why aren't we as connected as we used to be?"
After this, he looked at his phone and found that he had 38 unopened voicemails, many of which were from his mother, Dawn. Most of them were her checking up on him and general day-to-day subjects, but he started to wonder why he hadn't listened to them, and some clips had him wondering if he was a good enough to the person who brought him into the world:
"Hi, Charles. It's your mother. I'm missing having a son. I hope you're well, and if you do find yourself with a few minutes, give me a call, OK? I love you."
"At first, it was kind of funny," Frank said. "I clicked three voicemails in a row where my mom said the exact same, 'Hi, Charles. It's Mom!' As I dove deeper and deeper in my inbox, I felt more and more humbled."
This got him thinking about his connection to his family and how it had changed over time, despite them all still loving each other and not having a big falling out of any kind. Now the filmmaker has decided to use the voicemail as narration for a new film, wherein he shows footage from his present-day life and the childhood memories of the home videos.
You can watch the short film, titled "My Baby You'll Be" in the video below:
"By the end of the film, it was a Kleenex moment for me," Dawn explained, after watching the film for the first time. "Tears won out." However, she does believe that the man on screen doesn't reflect the son in her life.
"I carry with me the certainty that if I called Charles and said I needed help, he would be here as fast as car, ferry, or boat could deliver him. That is a wonderful gift."
Charles had the intention of sending viewers away thinking about their own family, saying "Part of my hope is that an audience could watch this and reflect on their own relationship with their mother". If this short film moved you, and you haven't spoken to a loved one in a while, maybe you should take Charles' advice and give them a call.