The Ruffled Crow

Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things

Leaving Home – A Tragicomedy

As a parent, I quite understand that there is a time when the kids need to leave the nest. I also am well familiar with the worry and loneliness when they do. I was a mess for a while after my son moved out and, with him off working in far-away Birmingham UK, and even after he’s been out on his own for a few years now, the concern and wistfulness just won’t move out with him.

The time has come that a young adult man has to leave his parental home and stand on his own two feet, or so his father believes. The boy sets out to the world, but somehow it is impossible for him to leave. In this light, absurd and comical little drama, the boy’s journey is obstructed by the weirdest of reasons. Or is there something else holding him back?

One good lesson from this delightful animation is that learning how to spread jam on one’s toast is a definite confidence builder and serves adulthood well.

Animated by Joost Lieuwma.

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