Tuesday, February 26, 2013

What I Love About Peter Pan

It's no secret that I have a 4 year old. Or that she's a bit of a movie expert. And since we share a lot of the same tastes (princesses, adventures, Winnie the Pooh) we watch together. A lot. Just a couple of weeks ago, one of my favorite Disney flicks (Peter Pan) was released from the Vault - you know where they put the movies so we all have to buy 'new and improved' versions every few years.

I was really excited to see Pan coming out of the vault and since it was right around Valentine's Day...yep, it became bebe's V-Day surprise - complete with a family movie night, popcorn and double chocolate milk to drink. But I digress.

As I was watched, completely absorbed just like when I was a kid, I realized what I like best about the movie: it's smart. It doesn't talk down to the kids watching and it reminds we adults that there is nothing wrong with a little magic.

I love the beginning, when Peter is trying to soap his shadow back onto his person. I love it when the kids learn to fly and the fights with Captain Hook. But my favorite part of the whole movie is the ending. Remember in the beginning Mr. Darling is upset and tripping all over the nursery toys and he tells Wendy it's her last night in the nursery? There is a line at the end that shows how he has come full-circle - he's already decided Wendy can stay in the nursery and then he looks out the window and sees the shadow of Captain Hook's ship floating by the moon and he says, "You know, I have the strangest feeling that I've seen that ship before. A long time ago, when I was very young."

I love that line because, we've all seen that ship, haven't we? We see the ship all the time when we're young and as we grow up, we see it less and less. I saw the ship - literally on screen and figuratively through bebe - as we were watching. When I'm lucky, I see it as I'm writing a new chapter or beginning a new book. And I see it, often, through bebe's eyes as she is learning or experiencing something new.

Of all the things I love about being a mom, 'seeing the ship' is my favorite part. So I'm trying to remember to see the ship - like some people stop and smell the roses - how about you?