Sunday, August 16, 2015

Favorite Movies Favorite Lines

"I wish you were fully 42 and more than unusually plain for your age"
                                                          - Gwendolyn, 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

"I do not know whether there is anything peculiarly exciting in the air of this particular part of Hertfordshire, but the number of engagements that go on seems to me considerably above the proper average that statistics have laid down for our guidance."
                                        - Lady Bracknell,  'The Importance of Being Earnest'

If you have yet to watch or read Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' I highly recommend it.  I loved the play when we read it in high school and when I learned there was a movie I found it and watched it until the VHS tape broke, as in the black film stuff inside actually wore out and snapped.  Probably about the singing scene.  I could have almost the entire play in this post.  If you want to watch it it's on Netflix and on YouTube, though I am not sure the later is a legal copy.  You can read it here.

"What was God thinking?!!?"
                                        - Grace 'Return to Me'

"Grace has Bob's dead wife's heart!"
                                        - Megan, 'Return to Me'
"I love our friends, we say stuff like, "we're gonna douse you in ant pheromones" and they're like "okay", They're so cool!"
                                        -Phineas & Ferb (not a movie, but a dang funny cartoon)

"Have fun storming the castle"
                                        -Miracle Max, 'The Princess Bride'

"When did Brand get braces?"
                                        - Andy, 'The Goonies'

"It's Okay! When I was on the bus I found a nickle!  I wish I had pockets." (or as TK says, "pocks!")
                                       -Mike Wosaski, 'Monster's University'

Toddler Teeth

I took my oldest to this awful "Pediatric Dentist" where she looked over her teeth, pronounced them to be lovely,
only upon my mention of possible decay between the front two teeth, (lack of flossing, my bad), she noticed and decided both front teeth needed to be crowned, CROWNED, she wanted to crown what she hadn't even noticed!

  She then proceeded to lecture me about the importance of flossing my toddler's teeth. 

"I know" I responded, "but some times I am just too tired to fight her about it."

She continues.  If you will fight her about her clothes being presentable surely you should fight her about her teeth.  It's much more important. 

I looked at my darling two year old, sitting in the chair that had been fun, her gums now bleeding from a brushing?  Her hair was combed, her shirt didn't match her shorts and she was wearing florescent green socks pulled up to her knees, under her white floral sandals.  It was 2004, too late for the fluorescent rave of the 80's and too soon for the return in 2010's.  It was also August, in OMAHA! socks were her own fashion statement.

I scooped up my beautiful little girl and walked out, needless to say we never returned.  And those teeth, they never required treatment.

People like her make me wonder.  Have they ever brushed and flossed the teeth of a ticked off toddler?  Sure, every so often in the dental chair, where the child is so overstimulated they can't even imagine a protest. But at the end of a long tired day, night after night. Have they every brushed a toddlers teeth?

My guess is they haven't.  If they had they wouldn't act like its no big deal. 

Cause every parent wants to stick their fat fingers in a toddler's tiny mouth, holding them still by sitting on their chest, head locked between their knees, working around an octopus tongue and tentacle lips, brushing and flossing, hoping not to jab tender mouth material and all the while hoping not to get bit.

The dentists I choose are the ones that high five me for even trying.  The ones that compliment everything I am doing right.  Offering me flossing sticks so I can reach those tiny back spaces.  The world is down on moms enough.  I want a dentist (and doctor, and orthodontist, and...) that is going to high five me simply because I am doing the very best I can. And it doesn't hurt if he selfishly devours the thank you treats we drop at his office, and then of course, brushes extra careful that night.

Of Excuses, Justifications, Explanations, and Desire for Approval

Come join my family as they try a new food.  You will quickly discover that the more the kids talk about LOVING the new food the less they actually like it.  In an effort to hide their disdain they talk about how wonderful it is.  I think they just don't want to offend.

After the 5th time of being told how yummy something is I transport the item to the trash to the relief of my darlings.  If they actually like it their mouths will be so full of it that they can't talk.

I have noticed as of late that similar is true of people making bad decisions.

If you make a decision for the right reason, you won't have any need to justify or explain why you chose what you chose. You should be able to to articulate WHY you acted the way you acted, but you should not feel compelled to justify that to anyone other than yourself (and your parents if you still live at home).

Have you noticed when a person is making a bad decision, or a neutral decision for the wrong reason that they will go on and on about why they are doing that, or why it's ok in this situation, and how they JUST DON'T CARE what others think?

    "I decided to do this and I don't care what others think, because reasons A-Z!!"

all the while they justify and explain away the decision I am thinking, "Um, I don't care, you can do what ya want" and they just keep on justifying and I just start laughing on the inside because if they truly don't care, why are they justifying their decision to me?  to ME??? who has absolutely no authority over their life.  If they don't care why are they so eager to earn my approval?


"It's okay for Mormon's to be addicted to caffeine because caffeine isn't specifically named in the Word of Wisdom, and I only drink like 4 a week, so I'm not really addicted, I mean I just drink it for migraines so its medicinal so its okay."

"My counselor said it was okay that I divorced my spouse and abandoned left my kids because I have the right to be happy and to pursue my own goals and happiness in life and I am a strong person and I have a lot more to contribute to life, I have talents I want to develop and I am still a good person, its not like I left them for a lover, or alcohol, and I pay child support so its okay that I'm not there to tuck my kids in at night"

"I know my outfit isn't really appropriate for the dress code, but my boobs and butt are covered, as long as I hold my skirt when I lean over, and its like really hot and the sweat makes my clothes stick to me and I don't care what people think, I am proud of my choices to do whats right for my comfort, and I am not even going to pretend to be ashamed"

"Yah, so I got drunk, but its totally cool because I am 18 and I made sure my boyfriend stayed sober so he would make sure I didn't choke if I puked, and I am a good kid, I have NEVER ever done anything rebellious in my life and I just wanted to live a little and I didn't drive, so its okay"

"I am gonna stay here and go to community college because I can live at home and save money and I really like my job and sure I got a great scholarship to an amazing school, but this unaccredited community college is a good school too, and a degree is a degree, and ...." when the sad reality is they are scared to move away from home. 

SO to my children and the 3 other people that might actually read this post,

    When making a decision, if that decision can not stand on its own, I say, think again.

     If you do not know why you made a decision, I say, think again.

    If you make a choice, make it with knowledge, not fear.

     If you can not stand firm in your choice, aloof from naysayers, I say, think again.

We are given minds, use them.
We are given will, stand strong.
We are given agency, be wise.

PS... That first example is me!