Over winter break, I hit the library with my kids.
As I strolled through the children’s section looking for my ten year old, who I found nestled in a chair reading, I noticed a huge movie rack.
Knowing we had the week off together and plenty of time on our hands, I spun through the rack to see if there was anything we might be interested in watching as a family.
That’s when I came across a movie called ‘Because of Winn-Dixie’. I knew the name, it was a book which my daughter just finished reading.
I showed it to her and suggested we take it home. She was excited to watch it and I have to say, I was too. The dog on the cover was adorable and I hadn’t read the book, so I was curious.
Simple and heartwarming.
Charming, and tearful at times, it was safe for any age and delivered a message to adults as well as children.
I have to say though, it’s strange how some movies speak to the grown-ups as much as the kids.
As I saw the little girl riding her bike into a trailer park, I recalled being seven and living with my parents.
As I continued to watch, I was a little uncomfortable in my seat, to see that the little girl’s mother left her and her father. I didn’t want to continue watching, but knew I could not allow my past to control me.
With some serious topics like abandonment, alcoholism and faith, this movie depicted all of those things on a very age appropriate level and taught the lesson it was striving for…