6's & 7'S
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Any parent will tell you there are a few movies that are go-to favorites of the kids. In my family, one of those was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. When my sons were kids, we watched it so many times I had dreams of blowing up the car and watching all of the characters choke on Toot Sweets. However, this past Christmas, and mind you, the kids are adults now, we decided to reminisce and watch Chitty go bang one more time.
And there is no doubt that watching it from an adult perspective with other adults (even if we did sing all the songs and turn around on our music boxes in front of the TV) made me realize what amazing life lessons can be learned from the show.
Here you go. What I learned about life from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang:
1. Children need love more than anything-That seems pretty basic, but one of the interesting things about this show, from 1968, is that it is about a poor single father with two children. He adored his children, sang to them, told them how much he loved them, played with them, and despite their lack of funds---they were happy. Very happy.
2. Imagination is a wonderful thing-In this day of technological everything, sometimes we forget to just let our imaginations run free and see where they lead us.
3. Never give up-A significant underlying theme of the movie, without a doubt. The father, an inventor of many strange things, finally improvises on one and sells it. It wasn't his only invention, nor his first, he continued to try and try again. He never gave up. His father, nutty grandpa, sings one of the best songs in the movie, Grow the Roses, which is about being thankful for your failures because "from the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success." If you've never heard it, or it's been a while, you might want to listen again (It's my new writing theme song).
4. Love and respect your elders-The major plot of the movie is rescuing nutty grandpa from the Vulgarian king. It would have been easy to say, "oh, well, Gramps is old and what can we do?" But, no, Grampa Potts was a valuable part of their family, and they went to save him. Go, Potts family.
5. Sally Ann Howes was amazing. Okay, maybe more of an observation, but the woman was stunningly beautiful, had a voice that was incredible, and from what I've read about her, she was nice. Hey, I'm all about giving props to those that are genuinely nice people. Truly Scrumptious.
Men. You can't live with them and buying gifts for them is just ridiculous. So I scoured the internet for some interesting items that may prove to be holiday hits for the guys, who, as we all know, are just little boys that have outgrown Legos.
There are some of my ideas! Any other interesting finds for the guys? Add them below!
I know people, a lot of people, that don't have regular bowel movements, so I thought it would be a great public service for me to tell them how to do it. It's easy. Take it from me.
You get up every morning, drink a pot of coffee, and run to the bathroom. Simple.
Oh, wait, that didn't work? Okay, drink more water.
You already drink your weight in water each day? Hmmm.
Increase the fiber in your diet.
You eat so much fiber that the plants in your house cower when you look at them? Well...
Try exercise. Massage. Enemas. Suppositories. Medications. Aloe juice.
No? How about visualization? Hot stones? Prayer? Rubbing a rabbit's foot?
Huh (Eyebrow raised). Well, you must be doing something wrong, then.
Now, I'm really not that stupid or insensitive. I do realize that everyone's body is different and those that suffer from chronic constipation have, pretty much, tried everything to relieve it. I don't believe they sit around and stuff their bodies with crap they know will make it worse. I'm sure it must be a frustrating and painful experience, one that I have zero experience with. I'm lucky. I don't worry about it. I don't 'think' about it. I don't wake up every day with a stomach ache, hoping today is the day I can get some relief. it is not a part of my life that forces me to consider everything I put in my mouth, or every activity that I do.
But being overweight is. And it is frustrating, and yes, those of us that are chronically overweight (insert constipated if it helps with the big picture) have tried everything, and do get cranky and feel bad and bitch and moan about it at times. But we aren't necessarily doing anything 'wrong'. Our bodies are different. And while you wake up with a stomach ache, hoping today is relief day, we wake up and jump on a scale, hoping the miles we walked the day before or the salad and water diet we've been on has made the needle go down just a tiny bit.
I don't blame the chronically thin for offering their suggestions. I get it. I don't consider it 'shaming', because I do realize they are trying to be helpful. But it gets old. Just as it would get old if I offered you a fiber bar for dessert instead of the cheesecake that everyone else is having, just because I know you need it.
So just think about it.
Our bodies are different. What works for one doesn't work for others. Be supportive. And be kind to one another.
And drink that pot of coffee in the morning. Really, it's the key! :)
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