I don’t really have “Movie Mondays”, but it does sound kinds neat.
This last Monday morning I didn’t feel so great, so after worship and chores we watched Forrest Gump.
Yes, I did fast forward (with little eyes shut) through the New Years Eve “Party“. And Yes… there were a few words here and there, but the jest of the movie is what I wanted them to come away with.
Like how positive and encouraging his mama was with him.
She gave him such a wonderful gift. The gift of “you can do anything“.
The boys couldn’t believe that anyone could be so cruel to another person.
A few tears were shed when his best friend Bubba died in his arms.
They were glad that Lieutenant Dan found God.
JJ noticed that Forrest was wearing the shoes that Jenny gave him at the bus stop.
Harrison wanted to know how his hair grew so fast. So we had to pause the movie (we did that a lot) and explain that that is how they show that some time has passed by!
They liked the line “But you ain’t got no legs, Lieutenant Dan.” Shortly after he had jumped off his boat and let it drive right into the dock!
But I think their favorite part may have been when he got to drink 15 Dr. Peppers and then told the president that he had to pee!
I realized what a generation gap there is when my boys didn’t even know who John Lennon or Elvis Presley were.
There was SO much more that we talked about together, but here were their responses after the move, when asked, “what message did you get out of it?”:
Gerrit – “Ya can’t always judge a book by it’s cover“.
JJ – “Remember that you can do anything you set your mind to“.
Harrison – “Don’t ever be mean to people with bad legs“.
…I think my work here is done.
If you haven’t seen it or haven’t seen it in a while, go check it out.
There are more than one good life lessons in this movie.