My sister posted a present to her nephew (my son) which arrived the other day. Sure, it was exciting getting a present, but the cover of the DVD didn’t excite him. It was an old fashioned (just OLD) movie. One from Mummy’s childhood.
Brand new movies are great! It’s so much fun standing in line at the theater, breathing in the buttery popcorn smell, giddy with anticipation when a new movie is released.
No such anticipation existed for the watching of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. But we had home-made popcorn and snuggled up under a blanket together to watch what I thought would bore my son to tears.
Then the movie started and my son surprised me! He loved it. He was asking questions and making statements about the characters, giving his own review as the movie panned out. I was very overcome with how much he enjoyed it and by how insightful he was in response to the characters and the plot.
My kids have always loved watching the latest and greatest movies, but now I grin when I hear little D say how Willy Wonka was the best movie ever. Or when I hear him singing the songs I used to sing as a kid – “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” or “Tomorrow”. Hearing his little off-key renditions is the best music to my ears.
Have you introduced your children to the movies you enjoyed when you were younger? Here’s a few I thought of, and these will be screening at our house in the coming weeks.
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
The Robinson family gets shipwrecked near an island. With hard work and togetherness, they build a majestic tree house. They are faced with many trials – wild animals, weather, and pirates, but their ingenuity carries them through. Great family values!
The Parent Trap (1961)
Twin daughters are raised not knowing about each other, each living with one parent. They unexpectedly bump into each other at summer camp, put two and two together, and work out a scheme to get their parents back together again. This movie is just plain good fun.
Mary Poppins (1964)
Mr. and Mrs. Banks are both so preoccupied with their own interests that their children, Jane and Michael are unhappy. When the magical nanny, Mary Poppins enters their lives, she brings the family closer. Between the penguin scene, the chimney sweep dance, and the magic, your children will be entranced.
The Sound of Music (1965)
The hills are alive with the sound of music. Your home will be alive with the sound of music once your kids watch this one.
Oh, how we love Annie! The music, the dancing, the wealthy Mr. Warbucks, and a happy ending. It doesn’t get much better than that!
These five movies are a must in every family library. Share the memories, and sing the tunes. It’s OK if you’re a little off-key. I won’t tell.
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