Jan 22, 2013 - 12:33 pm
Don’t know how many of you out there are Lord of the Rings fans, but in my family, both the books and the movies have given us a lot of enjoyment over the years. My husband and I have both read the trilogy several times, and were thrilled to introduce it to our teenage daughters, first with audiobooks, and then when the movies came out. Those three years that included a fall family trip to the Cinerama here in downtown Seattle to see each installment were priceless…years later we still talk about them (especially the solo guy, reeking of pot, who sat next to us during one movie and responded to the hobbits’ love of pipe weed with a cheerful “Right on!”). Now our son is old enough to enjoy the movies, and last week we watched The Fellowship of the Ring with him. One scene in particular has stuck with me, in a way that it never did in previous viewings. Frodo has been forced by cirstances beyond his control to leave his home and go on a quest that may very well end in death, and he says to Gandalf:
“I wish none of this had happened.”
Last time I watched this movie, I didn’t have cancer (or at least I didn’t know it yet). Now my life has changed so dramatically it’s almost as if I’m a different person. Gandalf’s words truly resonated with me this time. They sum up for me the only way to inhabit this new world of mine. Wishing that things had never happened will only hold me back, keep me from making the most of whatever span of time I’m given. It’s funny…I expect the realm of fantasy to provide me with a little light entertainment, an escape from the daily challenges. I didn’t expect to find wisdom during a evening of elves and popcorn. So what about you guys? Have you found comfort in anything unexpected? A book? A movie? Or something else?
Hugs from AA