Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Tale As Old As Time

Today we needed a break from out typical homeschool day so I decided to treat the kids and myself to the new Disney movie Beauty and the Beast. If you live in the Tulsa area I'm sure you've heard about the incredible Warren Theater in Broken Arrow.  It's very fancy, seating is nice, they have a light show before the movie starts and curtains that draw back and of course a curved screen with amazing surround sound.  Something you might not know is every Wednesday is $5 movie day.  We like to take advantage of that! Kylan and I went to pick up his passport (that's a whole new blog post) and Kenzie picked up a couple of her closest friends and we met up at the Warren. Yes, you read that correctly...Kenzie is driving now and has her own vehicle. I've really got to blog more often and keep you up to date better.

Anyway, I'm sure you've heard about all the rucus with the movie.  Some people are boycotting it and some just want to re-live seeing the animated version for the first time.  We just wanted to see it and decide for ourselves.  Disney did not disappoint us!  I absolutely loved it, it was all Disney. Which means they didn't spare any expense, it was breathtaking.  I was a little concerned with how they would portray the Be Our Guest scene but of course in true Disney fashion I gazed in awe at what they had accomplished. 

The original animated version of Beauty and the Beast came out in 1991 and at that time I was a senior in high school and didn't have time to see it.  The next year 1992 I got married (yes, I was so young) and was a nanny for a family with 3 little boys. When the movie came out on video we watched it repeatedly but the first time I saw it I was captivated by all the details.  While watching I wondered if I'd ever cuddle with a child of my own and share this time honored tale.  I'd just endured a traumatic and painful miscarriage and wasn't sure if we'd ever be able to have children. Over the course of the next 8 years I watched many more Disney movies and faithfully bought every single one of them on VHS video tapes for our future children.  We continued to have miscarriages for a total of 6 in all and finally my doctors agreed it was time for a hysterectomy because my body was failing me. It was an agonizing decision but one that changed our lives forever.  In 1999 we decided to begin the adoption process and the rest is history. We adopted both Kenzie and Kylan through Dillon International over the course of the next couple of years and have never looked back.  As I sat in the theater and watched the newest version of Beauty and the Beast many of those memories swept over me and I shed a tear or two.  I was sitting by both of my teenage children...children I never thought I'd have.  It reminded me that I have so much to be thankful and grateful for in my life!  My teens will soon be going off to college or possibly culinary school and I want to enjoy each and every day I have left with them in our home before they are grown up and have children of their own.  Who knew that seeing a movie would bring up so many ranges of emotion?  So, in conclusion this movie may not be the movie for everyone but for me it was definitely A Tale As Old As Time and was spectacular!

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