Monday, August 30, 2010

Ah-No-No

Right now- at this point in time- if you were to ask Addie what "moo-die" she wants to watch, her answer would probably be "Ah-no-no!" 
Have you guessed which movie that really is?

Pinocchio! 

We have gone through phases with movies.  We've gone through the "Jonah", "Babe", "Charlotte's Web", "Finding Nemo", "Toy Story", and now "Pinocchio" phases.

In November, right before our trip to Disney we watched the movie to get Addie in the mood for Disney. I hadn't seen it since I was a very young girl and was just amazed with the movie itself.  It may not be considered modern because it is an actual cartoon, not a digitized animation.  Kids nowadays may even consider it to be corny because there are no smart aleck comments made towards authority figures. But it is wonderful!

As you know, obedience is a daily lesson we teach/learn over here and this "moo-die" screams of obedience and the perils which can occur when you do not obey.  Beer and cigars are depicted in a bad light, as items related to wrong behavior.  There are also many quotes that are timeless and ring true on so many levels.  Here a few examples:
  • A conscience is that still small voice that people won't listen to.
  • You must choose between right and wrong.
  • The world is full of temptation. They are the wrong things that seem right at the time.
  • Go ahead, make a fool of yourself! Then maybe you'll listen to your conscience.
  • What does an actor want with a conscience anyway.
  • A lie keeps growing and growing until it's as plain as the nose on your face.
  • A boy who won't be good might just as well be made of wood.
  • I'd rather be smart than be an actor.
  • Give a bad boy enough rope and he'll make a [donkey] of himself.
One of the many lesson I learned from my parents is that every thing can turn into a teachable moment.  Throughout this "moo-die" you can hear Addie telling Pinocchio to obey, telling me how sad Pinocchio's daddy is because Pinocchio didn't obey, how bad Lampwick is, and how happy everyone is at the end of the movie.  This movie is not just a source of entertainment for Addie; it is a reminder in the lesson of obedience. 

Is she getting it?  Well, all we heard last night at Grandma and Grandpa's house was."Corky, obey God!"  I think she's getting the message loud and clear.

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