Saturday, December 18, 2004

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang & other childish fare

Watching movies with my own kids that I saw as a child is so much fun because it reminds me of my own childlike imagination. My kids are so like me because of their ultrasensitivity to the emotion of films...the bad guys really frighten them (even slapstick villains like in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and the sad parts make them cry out loud. I know almost no one else in my life who reacts as strongly to movies. When we watched Monsters, Inc. for the first time not only was my daughter crying hysterically, but I had tears streaming down my face.

There is a song in Toy Story 2 that makes no one cry but me--Jessie, the cowgirl toy, sings a song about how she once was loved by a little girl, but was abandoned by her when she grew. If I am in the kitchen and the kids have it on in the living room, I still have tears rolling down my cheeks. It's written and sung by Sarah McLachlan.

"When She Loved Me"

When somebody loved me
everything was beautiful
every hour we spent together
lives within my heart

And when she was sad
I was there to dry her tears
and when she was happy so was I
when she loved me

Through the summer and the fall
we had each other that was all
just she and I together
like it was meant to be
and when she was lonely
I was there to comfort her
and I knew that she loved me

So the years went by
I stayed the same
but she began to drift away
I was left alone
still I waited for the day
when she'd say
I will always love you

Lonely and forgotten
never thought she'd look my way
and she smiled at me
and held me
just like she used to do
like she loved me
when she loved me

When somebody loved me
everything was beautiful
every hour we spent together
lives within my heart

When she loved me...

It's so poignant because it reminds me of the bittersweetness of growing up, and watching my own children grow only accentuates the longing I have for preserving the innocence of childhood.



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