The bible tells us in Proverbs 22:6 that if we “raise up a child in the way that he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it.” True story.
We live in the sticks. Not a lot of outside influence to be found. I’ve always thought that Beth and I were the “cool” aunt and uncle. We’ve taken it on as our job to make sure that those in our care fully appreciate the world beyond their own sight. Our own kids (ages 7, 9, 11) can sing most Queen songs, rock out to the Beatles, and get down to Motown. We’ve introduced our nieces and nephews to Harry Potter, classic movies, weird music, etc. We were the ones that introduced them to Gangnam Style, and for that I apologize.
Anyway, I digress. We’ve been hosting movie nights for years. Sometimes it’s something popular and current, but we try to sneak in a “must see” movie once in a while. Sometimes it’s a huge hit – Ferris Beuller’s Day Off being a great example, and sometimes it’s a flop – A Clockwork Orange taking top honors in this category. I keep telling them that they don’t have to like everything, just experience it. When that trivia question comes up years from now about “ultra-violence,” they’ll be all set.
Last night we had a Disney Double Feature. We had gotten the call from one of our group of young minds who is home from college and beginning the prep to return later in the month. I texted out a mass “Movie Night Monday?” and had my responses within 5 minutes. These kids today are so prompt.
We settled on The Lion King and Tangled. One of the kids, one who we realized had been failed by us, his parents, or society, had never seen The Lion King. Shameful. We had seven kids, ages 18-early 20s in our living room last night singing along to Hakuna Matata and reciting all the lines we knew. One young man knew The Lion King so well it was scary, and a nice young lady could sing every word to every song from Tangled. Warmed my heart. It only cost me 36 sodas and four bags of Pizza Rolls. Money well spent. Half the kids were even drinking that Maine staple, Moxie. I don’t know which made me happier, having the kids we’ve nourished (both emotionally and physically) for so many years call and REQUEST a movie night with a couple of thirty-somethings, or the fact that they were so excited to watch a couple of cartoons.
We even identified some holes in their education, and have begun making plans for next time to rectify the situation.