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New ideas are borne of new experiences. New experiences require a willingness to move. That could be a new job, new house, new food or even new books or movies. Being flexible of mind and willing to consider new perspectives built this country and makes us better men and women. I see a lot of that on Ricochet. New ideas being filtered through the old.
My mom turned 87 last year. A former matron and dispatcher in our small town, she’s a nervous wreck around her grandchildren and tough as nails physically or mentally. She declined an offer out of high school to move to DC and work with the FBI; and instead started a family here in the rolling mountains of Southwest Virginia.
Enter my film-obsessed daughter Hannah. Several years ago, she decided it would be fun to introduce my mom, her Mamaw, to books and movies not seen before. Books included Jane Eyre, Les Miserable (abridged), Harry Potter, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, and The Hobbit. My mom’s literature up that that time mostly consisted of Grace Livingston Hill.
Then they transitioned to movies. My children, Hannah, Sam and Sarah would pile onto my mom’s couch and in some cases either talked her through the general plot (if multiple and complex characters) or include sub-titles due to her very poor hearing. After some of their sessions, Hannah would interview my mom and/or splice in mom’s reactions to particularly popular cinematic moments. Many of these movies are in the common culture now, but new to my mom.
Hannah then posted these to her social media platforms and gained a small but loyal following of viewers. Mom was delighted to discover folks watching across the country – and world. And I hope they delight you as well.
To get things started, here is a quick look at her reaction to the destruction of the Ring and Frodo’s struggle:
… and the Big Reveal that Vader is Luke’s pop…
…and longer post-viewing interviews of Empire, Pirates and LOTR…
If you want to see more, you can check out their channel here. Old and new. You’re never too old to learn something new.Published in