Posts Tagged ‘Siblings’

My joy for today is a horrible movie with an awesome date.

My brother and I went to see “The Five-Year Engagement” last night.  It was not good.  We literally warned people coming into the theater to go see something else.  Since this movie was playing against “The Avengers,” my astute, filmmaking, and future Oscar-winning brother, surmised that those involved in the production realized it was horrible, had to release it sometime, and figured they might as well release it around the same time as the first summer blockbuster, at a time when any movie would have a great deal of competition.

I knew it would not be the best movie ever when it was billed as a comedy, but had a running time over 2 hours long.  My general opinion is that no comedy should be longer than about 90 minutes.  There are obvious exceptions, anything by Wes Anderson clearly exempt from this rule.  In order to fill this amount of time, “The Five-Year Engagement” involved a great deal of random scenes, including a foot chase with martial arts, gratuitous awkward crude humor, a frozen toe, hunting, and an arrow in a leg, among many others.  When we were about 90 minutes into the movie, I was sure it would be over any minute.  Spencer informed me that there was at least 30 minutes left.  At this time, we almost totally stopped paying attention and just talked about life.  I really do not know how we would have endured this movie if there was one other person in the theater, for which we would have had to be polite and quiet.

I adored Jason Segel’s “The Muppets.”  I think Emily Blunt’s performance as an overworked assistant in “The Devil Wears Prada” was a brilliant comedic masterpiece.  There were many hilarious people in this movie- Chris Pratt, Molly Shannon, Chris Parnell…  It was sad to see this movie fall apart with so many clearly talented contributors.

It had a few redeeming moments, particularly the ending, which was really adorable.  Interestingly, the ending was very reminiscent of a musical number from “The Muppets.”  This was the shining moment of the movie, which was no coincidence.  It has provided Spencer and I with a world of memories.  We will take away an awesome catch phrase.  I will use it in the last line of this post and do not feel bad about not being a part of our inside joke.  It’s easy enough to understand.  Wait for it…

If you see the movie, which I emphatically do not recommend, you will definitely feel like eating the day old doughnuts.

Enjoy your joys for today.


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My joy for today is my son’s exuberant reunion with his siblings.

When Noah comes in the door, he runs over to Molly, age 2, and gives her a big hug that almost knocks over her tiny little body.  They give each other pat-pats on the back while hugging and Molly squeals with delights.  Noah then goes over and says hello to our  six-month old, Tucker.  Tucker kicks his legs with happiness and smiles and giggles.  Noah kisses him on the head and then moves on to his next task.  This behavior has not come about from any coaching beyond the occasional, “Say hello to your brother and sister” if he gets distracted when first walking in the door.  The joy and excitement is all their own, and it takes my breath away.

My four year old and two year old have a wonderful relationship.  They get along and play very well together almost all of the time.  When Noah is at school, Molly enjoys her quality time with me, but is ecstatic when Noah comes through the door.   She is his constant shadow and playmate, even down to the details of when to take a drink or when to swallow at the dinner table.  I am really looking forward to seeing Tucker join in their fun.  They are sweet friends and hopefully, life-long confidants and companions.

Of course, those with older children may warn that this after-school reunion may wane in excitement at some point.  This may be true, since they have only been apart three days a week for a little over two months.  But I will choose to savor it for now, and model the happiness and appreciation I wish to see between them.

I am familiar with this type of joy and bond between siblings because I am honored to have two exceptional people for siblings.  Even though I am a few years older than my younger brother and sister, I count them as two of my best friends in the world.  I had a wonderful childhood with them, and am enjoying adulthood with them even more.  One of my most fervent prayers is that my children grow up to cherish and respect each other as I do with my brother and sister.  You can look forward to reading more about my amazing siblings, as well as my parents who undoubtedly had quite a bit to do with our splendid relationship, in future posts.  Noah’s homecoming today, the sound of their playful laughter, the pitter patter of little feet chasing each other around the living room, and the tenderness of a kiss to a baby is just a prelude to the deeper friendship to come in later years.  I can’t wait.

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