Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wisdom from Sunshine

Philosophy talk

Yesterday I held a sick child*** for almost the whole day.  ‘Sunshine’ had been sick with fever and vomiting the night before, and was staying home from kindergarten.  She lay across my lap while we rocked, and I caressed her face and hair.  In my grandma kingdom, this was a great day.

Dinosaur
released in 2009
We watched a selection of Disney movies, starting with “Dinosaurs”.  We have watched this movie many times, but I have never been plastered in the chair by a five-year old with a fever of 101 degrees.

Usually, when Sunshine and I watch a movie, she gives me a running commentary on the movie along with her own unique insights.  You would be amazed by the perspectives a kindergartner has about life and theology.

The plot is straight-forward:
  
A dinosaur egg miraculously escapes many brushes with crushing, ends up hatching in the tree occupied by a family of primates.  They adopt the adorable newly hatched dino and name him “Aladar”. Then the meteor strikes, blows almost all away (except..d) They run and manage to escape. After that, life is difficult, but Aladar (who is fortunately an herbivore) develops friendships and family. 

There are some universal truths conveyed in that movie.  Go with me on this:

Everyone needs to love and be loved.

Everyone needs to know they are not alone.

Everyone needs to make conscious decisions for good or evil.


Everyone needs to be believed in and encouraged.

Everyone can change and grow.

Everyone has the potential to learn and the capacity to give to others.

Everyone must take chances, to make ‘a leap of faith’.

Everyone needs to trust and believe in something bigger than themselves, something they cannot see.

Okay, these are not a profound revelations.  I have never evaluated a movie for universal elements before, and I was struck by the way the movie displayed these characteristics. 

Then we watched “Night at the Museum (has a dinosaur)”, and “Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure (no dinosaur)”.  We both nodded off before Tinkerbell was able to repair the moonstone.  

Dang.

***This is a repost from 2010. Sunshine was 5 then and is now 13. She still has a unique perspective on life and would sit on my lap if possible. 

31 comments:

  1. Those precious moments when they are all ours--usually accompanied by illness and/or fever. So worried at the time. So grateful for those times when the littles are once again healthy and not so willing to just sit and cuddle. I've never actually seen that movie, but noticed just yesterday it was available on our new streaming service. I will gather some children and watch it! Thank you for sharing your precious moment. And your insights!

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    1. I have seen this film numbers of times (dinosaur phase) and enjoy it each time.

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  2. Some posts work always! I'm glad you shared this one!

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  3. Great post. I hope that Sunshine feels better.

    Despite a lot of messages that one can disagree with, I think that the universal values that you found in the film pop up throughout modern culture. I think that is a positive sign for the future.

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    1. I believe so as well. When these values become more evident, it makes me happy.

      If only I could tell you here about her thoughts on Jupiter.

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  4. They grow up so fast, don't they?

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    1. She is inches taller than I am. Brilliant girl.

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  5. Well the universal truths never really alter do they?

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  6. Many universal messages in movies, not that they are all right or needed in there, but good to make us adults and the kiddos think.

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    1. Makes me not to accept messages forced upon me in movies.

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  7. She probably has forgotten that day but you will never forget, and you will treasure it always. How sweet. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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  8. I love that you are seeing these movies through your granddaughter. She learned valuable lessons on your lap.

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    1. Now Sunshine enjoys anime' and we watch it together.

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  9. I don't think I've seen that one.

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  10. Dang it all. Now I have to locate a copy and watch Dinosaurs.

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  11. When I had a fever, Mom drove me to spend the day at my grandma's house in the country. Grandma wrapped me in a blanket, moved my chair in front of the fireplace, and turned on the TV. Grandma, having just returned home from her night shift job as an aide at the state hospital mental ward, reclined on the couch and nodded off. The lesson I learned was that Grandma loved me, knew how to break a fever, and that the skin on the side of one's face is remarkably flame-resistant.

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    1. Flame resistant! Great memories, aren't they. Being a grandma is amazing.

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  12. Ha, grandkids are the best! I have 2 coming to visit this weekend. The 3rd isn't due until Jan., but I bet she'll like coming to grandmama's too. :)

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    1. Oh! If you have any gr-babies, give them lots of lovin'!

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  13. Ahhh the life of a Grandma. When we became grands I never knew the ride would be so SWEET, but it was. All of ours are grown now, but I still see them as THEY WERE. I like these repeats and you cna share the ages and difference.
    Love from NC
    Sherry & jack

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    1. I told my own daughters that when I look at them, I see them through the ages. They were a bit confused then, but may understand that now.

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  14. I don't have grands yet. But I treasure the memories of my girlies when they were little. No one tells you when the last cuddle, movie, will be

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  15. Always good when a memory gives you a hug...

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  16. My kids loved that movie, too. Yes, even these movies can have profound messages.

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  17. what a lovely name "sunshine" i can feel the light in your life because of her and her faith Susan :)
    i loved the universal truths in her tale and i think she is one of the most wise child

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!