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I have shown and talked about my interest in the movie (and characters from), Lilo and Stitch. However, because I see the world differently, I thought it would be a good idea to go through what I see when I watch the movie.

The first thing that stood out was the first scene. Stitch is a genetically modified alien and created against galactic law. He is called an abomination for just being him. Much like a child someone else created him, he didn’t choose to exist.

This is where Stitch begins his story and he’s already being judged for just being him. He acts out of instincts, and impulse and escapes to earth.

He finds himself in a world he doesn’t understand. One that feels very unfamiliar and uncertain. He doesn’t know how to communicate like others can, and feels completely lost (as it represented in a scene with ducks and a story book). He also doesn’t know how to be himself, or if he even should be who he is. Everything feels foreign to him, and as a result he feels alone.

He meets someone that doesn’t judge him for being different. She tries to explain, to help him adapt, and understand. She becomes his surfboard in a world full of waves.

She helps guide him, show him that he doesn’t need to be afraid. He can be him, and have love. Have the family that he found, and was searching for. Have somewhere he belongs. His ohana...

“In the ‘ohana there was a sense of shared involvement, mutual responsibility, interdependence and helpfulness. The ‘ohana meant love and loyalty. All its members practiced the spirit of sharing and caring. Forgiveness was very important.”

I love Stitch, because I felt like I was him... and I will always see a reflection of myself, and my wife, in his story.

All our best and love

Ross Fraser and Jeni Dern

Words – Ross Fraser

Graphic Design App – Canva

In association with Service Graphics and Eastgate Centre, Inverness.

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Ross Fraser
Ross Fraser
Dec 06, 2023

I may be 45, but I am really looking forward to getting more Stitch figures for my Christmas. What I love about them is they not only remind me of my journey and wife, but they make me smile like I did the first time I watched the movie. I think there is something to be said about surrounding yourself by things that make you smile and feel loved. My favourite line from the movie, one to that really shows the tenderness of the movie, and of the character of Stitch, is... “This Is My Family. I Found It, All On My Own. It’s Little And Broken, But Still Good. Yeah. Still Good.”.

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