Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith, and purity.
1 Timothy 4:12
Eep is a teenage girl like every other. She is growing in strength and understanding and her own identity. Grug is like any teenage girl’s father, wishing that Eep was just a little girl again, who he could keep safe forever.
The thing is teenagers are designed to be curious and daring and to make their own mark on the world, and to frustrate their parents. And parents throughout history have always found it hard to let go of their ‘babies’.
Eep’s sense of adventure and her need to spread her wings is enhanced even more when she meets Guy. Unlike the Croods, Guy is not a cave dweller, he is an adventurer; but as Eep is desperate to escape from her embarrassing parents, Guy has a yearning for the affections of family life, even if he can’t understand them. The two come together at a crucial point in time. The world is ending, or at least their world. The cave is no longer a safe place and the cave-dwelling Croods, much to Eep’s delight, have to adventure forth to make a new home. And they need Guy’s travel expertise to guide them, much to Grug’s dismay.
As they travel together, Guy finds a family, Eep learns to spread her wings and experience all the world has to offer, and Grug learns to let go. He also discovers that a ‘hug’ (his brand new idea, so named because it rhymes with Grug) can make the world seem a safer place.
The Croods have been living in darkness due to fear, but perfect love casts out all fear, and as they all fall for Guy in their own way, they find the confidence to look for the light. Jesus said,
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
When the Croods start walking towards the light, they find warmth and friendship, they discover jokes and laughter, they discover friendship and adventure and even pick up a couple of pets along the way.
Growing into adulthood isn’t easy. Neither is watching your not-so-little ones spread their wings and venture out into the world. When we learn to trust our teenagers it becomes just a little bit easier, and don’t forget, that a hug can always make the world a better place.