Being on the dialysis machine 12 hours a night gives us alot of time watching DVR episodes of some of our favorite shows at night, just me and the kids. It's fun time for all of us; we cuddle up on the bed (they're 13 and 14, so cuddling is a treasure) and catch up on our favorite shows.
Every once in a while, we'll rent a movie we haven't seen. Now that the kids are "adults", at least in the eyes of the movie theater managers, we tend to not go to the theater that much anymore. Usually, it's only for a movie that truly requires the big screen for the full effect.
Last night, we rented Bridge to Terabithia. Becasue we have the Rewards program at the store, we were entitled to a free movie of non-New Release status! Yippee! A two-fer. So, I send Kati back in to pick out something. She loves the independence :)
She picked out a movie I've not heard of. It's called I Am David. She chose it because it had Jim Cavaziel in it, from Passion of the Christ and Frequency (another great movie) fame. She thinks he's cute.
I have to tell you that you must see this movie.
A request: Don't google it, or read any of the reviews. It gives too much away. I looked and looked at all the sites, to give you an idea of the content and they all give too much of the story and the ending away. This is a movie that must be seen cold turkey with no advance knowledge. You need to simply allow yourself to be swept up in this boy's journey towards hope and freedom.
Disclaimer: It's rated PG due to a couple of scenes in a Forced Labor Camp at the end of World War II. However, I would have been comfortable letting the kids watch it even if they were abit younger than they are now. Although they are very aware of the Holocaust, and the events of WWII, it may cause some discussion of certain events in children not as familiar. I'm a firm believer in learning from history.
There are many beautiful, yet meaningful lessons to be learned through this boys journey. I believe you and your family will be changed by it's message.