In November 2015, my family and I went to Costa Rica, traveling to Poas Volcano National Park, La Paz Waterfall Garden and Manuel Antonio National Park. Looking back on it is bittersweet — the trip was going well until our first night in Manuel Antonio, when the home we were renting was broken into (while we slept) and most of our stuff was stolen. Pretty much everything but my camera system, which was in our bedroom.
A few days later, our youngest came down with croup. During the house call with a doctor, she advised us to get a medical opinion on a bump our little girl had. We would later learn it was a cancerous tumor, and she would undergo surgery and then 12 weeks of chemotherapy (fortunately, she is in remission today).
And yet, as devastating as these events were, our two daughters kept all of our spirits high. They learned so much about the tropics and the natural world, even from the patio of our broken-into vacation home. They giggled, they played, they explored, and they showed us adults how to savor every moment of life.
This is a short film I put together for them, featuring M83's "Raconte-Moi Une Histoire." In the song, a little girl — who sounds eerily similar to our oldest daughter's friend — tells of a poison dart frog, and the imaginary world that unfolds from it.
Filmed/edited by: Kevin Day
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Music: M83, "Raconte-Moi une Histoire" // Album: 'Hurry Up, We're Dreaming.'
Available from Mute Records, EMI Music.
Download the song here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/midnight-city