On Saturday, the boys and I went to see The Peanuts Movie with friends. It was delightful. I admit to being impatient with the Red Baron scenes (I felt that way as a girl too), but the rest was visually appealing, sweet, and easy to watch. I teared up a bit at the end. I asked my kids if they thought the movie had a lesson, and they both answered no (which is fine -- I know they enjoyed the show). Good old Charlie Brown reminded me of a few things. Don't give up. Be kind. Be truthful. Try to do the right thing. Be humble. You may sometimes feel worthless and invisible, but good people notice your little choices and see the goodness in you. I'm not comparing myself to Charlie Brown or anything (I'm maybe a Marcie with a bit of Lucy), just saying I was inspired by him.
I have happy but vague memories of one of my third grade teachers reading James and the Giant Peach aloud. A couple of years ago, my oldest read and enjoyed this Roald Dahl book. Today, all three kids and I went to see our local public high school's musical production of James and the Giant Peach. The songs from the show are memorable and meaningful, and the production was fantastic -- great performances, top notch musical accompaniment, gorgeous sets, and cool and gender-bending casting and costuming decisions. It's always inspiring to see talented young people who have discovered a passion and are really going for it. I let it rest in terms of asking my kids about any lessons or takeaways, but in case you are wondering: You don't have to be alone. Others people are searching too. Together, you can find a home. Bravo, York Drama!