My Flesh and Blood
Tom's meeting with the Prince. of The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain. Might he not hope to see a prince now--a prince of flesh and blood, if Heaven were willing? How dar'st thou use the King my father's meanest subject so?. He has let Tom and her kids speak for themselves: we meet them on their own terms. “My Flesh and Blood” follows the Toms from the fall of one year to the. Susan Tom (born ) is a woman from Fairfield, California, who became famous when HBO aired a documentary, "My Flesh and Blood," The Toms went to Walt Disney World while the EM team built the house. The show mentioned.
In the summer ofthe show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition built Susan and her family a new house. The show mentioned Anthony's death a few clips of him from My Flesh and Blood showed up during the episode.
Tom's children[ edit ] Here is a partial list of Tom's children and their characteristics: Faith suffered burns as an infant.
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She has excelled as a student and overcome the constant taunts of fellow students. Faith is also an avid reader. An avid swimmerHannah was born without legs.
She maintains a great relationship with her adoptive sister, Xenia, in particular. As stated on Extreme Makeovershe loves to draw. Joe had psychological problems, as well as cystic fibrosis. Arguably the most outspoken of Tom's children during the documentary, he died of cystic fibrosis complications while the documentary was being filmed. The overall effect is that we are drawn into this film with great sympathy. Karsh has, in effect, two subjects that are melded into one: We see neither clearly because we are too close to both.
Karsh has structured his film intelligently and approached his subject sympathetically, but he does not stand back sufficiently far from his double subject to allow us to frame a clear perspective. In both these films, Herzog presents and portrays his subjects both intimately on their own terms and at the same time with detachment. The result is that unsettling ambiguities come to the surface. The final shot in that film, of Treadwell walking along a stream ahead of a couple of grizzlies, underlines the tensions that run through the film.
Susan Tom is, first of all, someone whom we must trust, as her children must trust her. Her authority cannot be questioned or challenged, or life under the Tom roof would fall apart.
Tom is competently and solidly at the helm in her family; still, it is fair to ask what sorts of burdens having a single person in charge puts on a household — first on the single parent, and then on the other members of the household who have no one else to turn to. As tremendous as it is to see Susan Tom manage so well with the extraordinary burdens of her family, it is reasonable to wonder if a household of growing and adolescent children might benefit by the commitment of more than one adult where one of them is not one of the children, as in the case of Margaret.
The point here is not to judge or fault Susan Tom, certainly not to feel sorry for her, but to raise questions. It should not be. Problems of absent fathers, of controlling mothers, the complexities and demands of mother-daughter relationships, and of mother-son relationships — these are some of the issues both perennial and contemporary that are reflected in this film but only barely, if ever, addressed. And the outside perspective should really come from you, the audience member watching the family, as opposed to watching somebody watching them.
In fact, the film crew spent a year with the Toms, beginning with a three-month cross-country road trip, footage of which is available as a DVD extra. The road trip footage includes perspectives from other people that is unforced and unsolicited, ranging from admiration, to astonishment, to heartfelt emotion.
These outside perspectives are of interest, for two reasons. One is their variety; not everyone will have the same response to the Tom family; the second is that it is interesting to see how people meeting the family view them as opposed to people sitting in a cinema or watching the film at home.
Outside perspectives, however, do not take us far enough. There is one very important perspective that is missing: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Karsh has brought us close to his subject, but lacks a distinctive critical care and focus such as we find in these other filmmakers. Its power comes in large measure from its powerful subject, which is this unusual and remarkable family, with this unusual and remarkable person at the helm.
Groceries have to be bought, laundry has to get done, Anthony needs his baths, the kids go to school, they fight, Xenia has a boyfriend and gets teased, Halloween comes around and everyone dresses up. So much about this family is ordinary — their strife is family strife; their fun is family fun.
And at the very start of the film, Joe worries out loud that he may kill one of his sisters. He feels out of place in the house, much as he has his place there, and longs to be with his birth mother, and to have a father. He is torn between his attachments, and does not have the resources to overcome the conflict.
Margaret, without whom the Tom household would grind to a halt, is left painfully trying to resolve her own needs for independence and, moreover, her need to be heard. The King my father"-- "In sooth, you forget, sir, her low degree.
The Tower is for the great alone. I had not thought of that.
The Prince and the Pauper - Chapter III. Tom's meeting with the Prince.
I will consider of her punishment. Is thy father kind to thee? Mine hath not a doll's temper. He smiteth with a heavy hand, yet spareth me: How doth thy mother use thee? And Nan and Bet are like to her in this.
Oh, dost think, sir, that they have servants? Who helpeth them undress at night? Who attireth them when they rise? Would'st have them take off their garment, and sleep without--like the beasts? Have they but one? Truly they have not two bodies each.
Thy pardon, I had not meant to laugh. But thy good Nan and thy Bet shall have raiment and lackeys enow, and that soon, too: No, thank me not; 'tis nothing. Thou speakest well; thou hast an easy grace in it.
The good priest that is called Father Andrew taught me, of his kindness, from his books. The Greek is harder; but neither these nor any tongues else, I think, are hard to the Lady Elizabeth and my cousin.
Thou should'st hear those damsels at it! But tell me of thy Offal Court. Hast thou a pleasant life there? There be Punch-and-Judy shows, and monkeys--oh such antic creatures!