“What shall I get Dad for his birthday?” I asked, and my girls giggled, and with one voice said, “Flowers… chocolates… promises you don’t intend to keep…””Flowers… chocolates… promises you don’t intend to keep…? Where’s that quote from?”
“Beauty and the Beast!”
Of course! Why didn’t I recognise this quote? Beauty and the Beast is Imogen and Charlotte’s number one favourite movie of all time. They’ve watched it a million times.
Sometimes I say, “How can you possibly want to see that movie again? Surely you’re fed up with it by now?” My young adult daughters shake their heads and settle down to enjoy it yet again.
Should I be worried? Surely Imogen and Charlotte should have outgrown this Disney movie by now? What is the attraction? Perhaps my daughters are wasting too much time sitting in front of the screen.
Except they don’t spend all their time watching movies. Sometimes Charlotte works on animations of her own. She’s doing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Design. She’d like to design computer games. And Imogen can often be found at her computer, rewriting fairy tales. Apparently, these kinds of novels are very popular. Or she might be at the piano singing Disney songs. You see, she has dreams of becoming a successful author and online musician. It seems, movies can inspire all kinds of creativity.
They can also be a wonderful source of useful quotes.
It’s my eldest daughter Felicity’s birthday in a few weeks’ time. What shall I buy her? I know: “Flowers… chocolates… promises… (I)… don’t intend to keep…”!
In this week’s podcast:
I talk about movies:
Are movies educational?
If a child watches lots of movies, won’t she be missing out on other things?
Can we tempt our kids away from the screen?
And how can we turn movies into notes for our homeschool records book?
Can we use websites designed for traditional homeschooling/schooling in an unschooly way?
Is there such a thing as too many resources?
I share a story about kids and joy.
Should I be embarrassed by my early podcasts which are far from perfect?
Should I get upset when I think about my mothering mistakes?