Sunday, November 25, 2012

A kid taught me a lesson

Sundays for me would always mean having that long afternoon naps. After having lunch with my family, I lounge in bed for a great read or switch channels in search for a great movie. When those yawns start to attack me, I give up and ended up zzzzzz Never mind if the TV is turned on and I'm wasting electricity. Ironically, despite falling to a deep sleep, I'm awakened when someone attempts to turn off my useless TV. LOL

This afternoon, I almost thought that I would be wasting my time with my favorite lazy hobby. Surprisingly, I was wide awake the entire afternoon because I found myself hooked with a great movie.

Who among you have watched this film?
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I love movies that feature kids. Starting with The Little Rascals to the Toy Story series. These kinds of movies never fail to attract me. So when I saw the cute Abigail Bresin, I got hooked over the movie and decided to forgo my afternoon nap.

The movie was set in the early 1930s when the US economy was plagued by the Great Depression. This was very familiar to me because this issue was always a topic in my major subjects in Economics. Though back then, the focal point of our discussions was learning the different ways on how the government handled the problem. To see the economic downturn in the eyes of a 10 year old kid, was something I never encountered in my college days.

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The movie made me see how a family survived and coped with the unfortunate economic depression. Abigail's father was forced to seek employment in Chicago. To keep up with the expenses, Abigail's mother opened their home in Cincinnati to boarders, to which Abigail disapproved but left her with no choice.What I love about the movie was how Abigail work her way to become a reporter in a daily newspaper. She kept on emphasizing that all she wanted was a fair chance to be considered. Abigail gave me that unusual emotional trail because in one way or another, I see myself in her shoes. Our only difference is, Abigail was more courageous than me. 

I admit that life is financially tougher for me now. I admit that part of me is scared of the things to come. Part of this is my fault, but I'm willing to correct everything. While I keep saying to myself that I'm willing to face the consequences, part of me is frightened and worried everyday.

While I'm being fed with my own bitter pill of learning, I hope I can still make space for fulfilling my dreams. In a few more years, I will turn 30 and that bothers me more. I overheard one Psychologist saying that when we reach 30, we are like shaping the remaining years of our lives. Decisions made at that age will determine almost half of our life. 

I really hope that the scared grown up in me will be like Abigail. Hardworking, determined and brave enough to stand up for the family and at the same time, fulfill her personal dreams. 

11 comments :

  1. I think you are an amazing young woman, Diane. I think conquering fears is all about taking one step at a time. Maybe it would help to write down all of those fears (big and small) and begin to check them off. I always lean toward tackling the scariest or most difficult things first. I hope my words might encourage you as they come from many, many years of experience.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and good luck on the give-away!

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    1. Thank you Carol. I will consider your advice.

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  2. You are such a wonderful writer Diane! I loved reading about this movie and the feelings it stirred up in you. I will have to look for it, so I can watch it with my daughter. You are so young Diane. I did make many life changing decisions in my 30s - securing a career, marriage, children, and a big move to a new area. Now that I am one year into my 40s (Holy Yikes!) I am reaping so many blessings from the choices I made and the path God led me on. It is scary, but the "other side" is so bright for you. :)

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    1. Thank you Jen. When I reach your age, I hope to be as happy and fulfilled as you are.

      The movie is really a must watch. Great moving bonding for moms and daughters.

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  3. Of all the American Girl dolls, Kit and her story is my very favorite. My youngest has Kit, and she reminds me of my grandmother. Big Mama (my grandmother) was born in 1920. She was about Kit's age during the Depression, and I love to hear her stories about it. My grandmother grew up on a cotton farm in Alabama, so she and her family were blessed compared to the "town" kids. My great-grandmother also grew a vegetable garden, and they had farm animals, too.

    Big Mama said that her mother would pack extra food in their lunch pails to share with the children who had nothing to eat. I'm afraid that our country is about to go through another Depression. Our government is making terrible decisions that our children will have to pay for.

    Please pray for the United States.

    Great post, Diane!

    xo,
    RJ

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    1. Will do Ricki.. Thanks for that history about Kit Ricki. I never knew that side of the story.

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  4. I agree that you can sometimes glean all sorts of amazing information when watching or reading children's or teen books. Learning about the depression seen from the eyes of a 10 year old would be enlightening. I like the book "A Wrinkle in Time"by Madeline L'Engle and also "Wise Child" by Monica Furlong. Both are books that are geared for the teenager but very fascinating. I really liked this post Diane.

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    1. Thank you Cheryl. I will try to check out those books. The kid at heart in me will surely love it.

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  5. I haven't seen this movie, but it sounds like one I would thoroughly enjoy. Why was that typewriter the first thing I noticed?
    I think you are a woman wise beyond your years. The road will always have twists and turns, but you are well equipped to navigate them.

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    1. Hi Betsy! My attention was also stuck with the typewriter which Kit used in the entire movie. Thank you for the encouraging words.

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  6. "I'm awakened when someone attempts to turn off my useless TV"
    - You are as bad as Andrea! haha :) Anyway, don't worry too much about turning 30. Have you also read the article that says according to one survey, women are happiest at age 33? ;) Something to look forward to.

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