With the fall season quickly approaching, so are the indoor activities to keep our families sane. Of course in the great Chattanooga area indoor activities are readily available, but sometimes all it takes are some popcorn and a fulfilling movie to keep the nights fun and easy.
If you’re anything like me you probably jump with more joy than your kids when new movies are finally released. Being the big kid and Netflix junkie that I am, I was thrilled to see that Netflix released a new movie, “The Little Prince.” This was one of the most precious films I have ever seen, and I urge you mamas to watch it with your family. My fiancé and I agreed that although the film is great for children, it was equally entertaining for adults, if not more so. There were many themes which helped refresh my outlook on parenting and life.
For those who don’t know (I was one of you not that long ago), this movie is based on a classic book. I shall not go into detail because I don’t want to ruin the movie for you, but here are a few things you need to know about the movie: it involves an ambitious mother focused on her daughter’s success; a little girl (the daughter) who has been brought up in a cookie-cutter world finds herself venturing into an unknown world, full of stories and surprises. Along with an old aviator neighbor, whom everyone deems crazy, the little girl soon realizes that the old man is merely a man with pure imagination, as Gene Wilder would say. The old man and the little girl soon become friends, and through their friendship the story of The Little Prince is told.
After viewing this film you will realize that stars are brighter than they appear, one rose can smell sweeter than a dozen, and that being among many people can be just as lonely as being alone. This movie reinforces the notion that “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart” as The Little Prince would say.
So here’s what caught my attention:
- You can befriend people of any age at any age, just like the old man in the film did not hesitate to reach out and befriend the little girl, although it took some convincing. In this day and age, it seems that cliques have become a thing and image is more important than genuine interaction. One thing for certain is that we should all embrace our differences all while realizing we are all just HUMAN and can learn from each other. Every human needs friends, no matter what stage of life we are in. Even as babies. While growing up I often heard my parents tell me, “I am your parent, not your friend,” and while I applaud my parents’ techniques for raising their many children, I want my child to know that alongside being their parent, I will be a friend too. We can play together, we can laugh together, and we most certainly can love the world and the joys it brings together.
- Be rude. Not mean, rude. There’s a difference. To be mean conveys vicious and unkind behaviors, to be rude simply means one lacks sophistication, and can be ill-mannered. We are raised to be well-mannered and of course it should seem we should act so, but after this movie I can’t say that I agree. Children are born rude. They say WHATEVER comes to their insightful minds. And while some people laugh in response to children’s truthful comments, some become teary-eyed. But you know what? That’s how it should be. Somewhere in this crazy world we decided that everything had to be done with sophistication and boundaries. Guidelines are great, but they aren’t everything. There is a scene in the movie where the little girl returns a page of the story back to the aviator and wants to ask some questions but doesn’t want to be rude by doing so. The aviator old man replies, “What, be rude…go ahead.” So simple, but I enjoyed hearing this line. We are curious beings and we should be able to speak freely without people becoming easily offended. So many times I ask myself is that ok to say, or ask? And all I really am doing is hindering myself from truly learning about someone and the way they think. After all, aren’t we all trying to be more open-minded? My son has not even begun to speak, but when he does I would like to think that I will let his conversations roam free.
- Jump, even when you are scared. In the movie when the little girl learns how to climb a tree she was scared, but continues to do so. Mr. Prince is afraid to jump into the moving plane, but he too continues to do so. We should just STOP hesitating new moves in life. It is best to just do it. Easier said than done Nike, but we are capable. Since having my son I have found it more difficult to jump into new situations. But one thing that has helped me get back into the groove is realizing that when we jump, we tread new waters and continue to grow. It’s important that our children know that their mother, just like they themselves, continues to grow. If we constantly find ourselves in new environments, our children too will grow up the same and as a result will be more creative and free.
We can get bogged down in the mundane day-to-day tasks that we sometimes forget why we started in the first place. Let us not just gaze up at the stars, but try to really appreciate and understand their purpose in the world. At the end of the day we parents need to remember this.
Our children start out with a light that shines so brightly that others have no choice but to be inspired to do the same. We just have to remember that we are simply helping to make them miraculous grown-ups, all while we continue to try to be miraculous adults. Tiny hands may fade away, but childhood memories will never be forgotten.