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A Not So Lost Weekend

 

Photo from laughingsquid.com

Photo from laughingsquid.com

In an effort to catch up this weekend on the reading and commenting assignments of the Zero- Hero Blogging Challenge I had to put my kids on auto-pilot. Andreas is on a business trip and would not like to see this because, given their druthers, our 9 and almost-11 year old daughters are watching movie after movie. Mind you, they have a farm full of animals they could be frolicking with. My Danish husband blames me for their excessive movie watching and the desire to watch them over and over again. Sometimes he goes so far as to throw American Pop Culture under the bus. I call it a love and appreciation for story.

At least it is not that Cartoon Network and Disney Channel drivel.

Since Friday night, when they watched Disney’s Frozen, which only just came available on DVD here in Costa Rica, they have agreed on Harry Potter I,II and III, Star Wars III and IV, and of course some princess movies that all look alike and have Julia Andrews in them. In one she was looking pretty bad-ass sporting some magnificent wings. If Julia is in them they can’t be all bad! This lead to Nicol suggesting The Sound of Music and then Fiddler on The Roof. I thought it was important to start them on the classics years ago. I am so proud; now they know all the words and sing them while leaping around the living room. It was hard not to join them. I could just make out “a few of my favorite things” through the headphones I had on. Myself, I was listening to study/meditation music via YouTube, sitting at the computer. It is in the same room as the TV, so we were together.

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This morning at breakfast Laura was asking Nicol why Darth Vader killed Aniken Skywalker. After a few unsuccessful attempts, her explanations of how and why Aniken and Lord Vader were one and the same, her answers became very psychological, even philosophical. My big beautiful fourth grader said, “I don’t know, maybe fear and love make some people do crazy things!”

In your face! Movies are not a waste of time. and I am not a bad mom.

May the Force be with us all.

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5 comments on “A Not So Lost Weekend

  1. crumbsoffthetable
    April 27, 2014

    I bet your fourth grader would find that same theme in “Frozen” too! Go movies!!

    • andreazjensen
      April 28, 2014

      You’re right!

  2. Thewitch
    April 28, 2014

    My children love movies. We made a point of going en masse once a month to the cinema when they were younger. I am secretly delighted that they all love Grease as much as me. My middle son, now 19, is completely fascinated by the whole film genre, and I suspect will make it his career.

    • andreazjensen
      April 28, 2014

      My best wishes for your son. We need more good movies!

  3. FittyUpdike
    April 28, 2014

    Amazing! My daughter’s a movie watcher too… but hate to admit it, but she’s also a pretty hardcare Disney channel fan. As a kid I watched the Julie Andrews movies over and over, so you just reminded me that I need to introduce my daughter to those… like… today.

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