Tod, still alone,travels to Corpus Christi, Texas for a job at a grain processing plant and encounters a thieving 13 year old boy. The boy and his sister are orphans who dislike their ...
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Tod, still alone,travels to Corpus Christi, Texas for a job at a grain processing plant and encounters a thieving 13 year old boy. The boy and his sister are orphans who dislike their foster parents and are looking for a new life in a different town-and a father figure. Tod is a possible candidate. Written by
Tomorrow Isn't Always Better...Like Gas Was 20.9 Cents A Gallon, Then...
A little less travelogue and a little more disappointment marks "Somehow It Gets to be Tomorrow". Tod finds himself in Corpus Cristi unwittingly in the middle of a situation involving a youth whose parents are deceased. The kid is running from his foster home.
A precocious pre-teen boy named Jobe steals a coin box from a youth tennis league locker room and as he's being chased hops into Tod's car. Escaping the angry mob and pursuing cops he lifts Tod's wallet prior to once more running away. Tod gets a visit the next day at work from a social worker. Tod learns of the kid's plight and realizes that what he assumes isn't the whole story. The kid's father made the child so unnaturally self-reliant, to the point he can't accept anyone less than the image of his dad, that while his sister settles in nicely in a foster home Jobe cannot, so he's on the run. Due to his self-reliance he is able to escape the authorities, but he is also a slick manipulator and has probably marked Tod for future use. The kid needs the stimulus that his dad provided and is searching. Jobe decides Tod would be the right replacement dad and plans to leave town with a new parental figure so he can resume what has been lost. If Tod isn't the one he has decided that he will still take his sister with him and they will flee town on the bus.
This is a somber story with a bit of a far fetched plot, but whose to say what the mind of a precocious 12-year old can imagine? It highlights profound things lost and the search for a tomorrow that can give them back. Fact is, yes, there's likely to be a tomorrow, but sometimes it can not be a continuation of the past. It may be for the worse until that unreal expectations are tempered with the present being different, yet full of possibilities. We humans we can't fully control tomorrow, but we must make the choice to embrace it and make it work. To make it better we have to embrace it instead of fight it.
As the story ends Tod levels with Jobe that he can't be the father he no longer has, Jobe takes his sister and, again, runs. Tod resumes his travels and the social worker vows to continue to work on re assimilating Jobe, so we don't have a neat and tidy heartwarming finale. It's a reflection of the need for change to make that tomorrow better. In an interesting note, gas was 21 cents a gallon then and almost $4 now, that isn't better, but life goes on and Chevrolet still makes Corvettes. Change is inevitable, no matter what, we just have to adjust in our journey of life, and we're challenged to make it better. Worth a watch if it isn't particularly entertaining...Jerry Mobley's portrayal of the young Jobe stands out.
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