throw away the red pen, i get it now

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it’s said that we teach to learn, and that’s true. it’s said that when the student is ready, the teacher appears, yeah, maybe so. it’s said that children are angels that teach us a lot . . . and, well, okay. i can only agree to the angel bit only on a case-by-case basis, but i can tell you that the best lesson i (re)learned in 2009 came from my son: when he says go see a movie, i go. (yes, kipp, i promise.) (really.)

he lived as an actor in los angeles and went to many a screening on account of being on some committee having to do with oscar selection, and it looks like that would have given him enough credibility for me to take his word for it. i mean, i meant to go see movies he told me to see, it’s just that, well, things kinda’ get in the way sometimes. sure, we went to see the movies he was in, but those he recommended, not so much.

a few of the movies he called about on his way out of the theater include cars, finding nemo, the up side of anger, the incredible hulk, ratatouille, juno, and whale rider. one christmas he made us go see the family stone, and today he dragged us to see avatar. so i think we can agree that he has good taste in must-see movies, that he knows what he’s talking about.

he tells me to read a book, i drop everything and go find it. he tells me to see a movie, i decide to wait till it comes out on dvd so i don’t have to deal with the kid talking and the cell phones ringing and the sticky floors and seats. “but some movies you just have to see on the big screen,” he says repeatedly. and now, today, after seeing avatar, i get it. we can go enjoy one of our post-viewing deconstructionist talks after any show, kipp and i, (and oh how i do love those and look forward to more discussion about avatar because there’s just too much for one sitting) but some movies are just too big to be seen on anything smaller than a movie screen.

why didn’t you just say so, kipp?

best09
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the stories are mine, but credit for the kindling goes to gwen bell and her best of 2009 blog challenge. today’s prompt: the best lesson learned in 2009.
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6 Comments

  1. Julie

    Okay. So now I know I must go see this movie. Son as the angel teacher. I can totally relate. Love your post!

  2. Julie

    Okay. So now I know I must go see this movie. Son as the angel teacher. I can totally relate. Love your post!

  3. emma

    The Incredible Hulk? Really? I may have to duke it out with him over that one. I’d get Iron Man, but I’m just not sure about IH…

    And thanks for Avatar recommendation. I’m still on the fence about checking it out.

    Hope you have a joyously merry Christmas. And come out to visit Kipp in 2010 so we can grab lunch and chat IRL.

  4. emma

    The Incredible Hulk? Really? I may have to duke it out with him over that one. I’d get Iron Man, but I’m just not sure about IH…

    And thanks for Avatar recommendation. I’m still on the fence about checking it out.

    Hope you have a joyously merry Christmas. And come out to visit Kipp in 2010 so we can grab lunch and chat IRL.

  5. Kipp

    To be fair, Emma, Mom sometimes doesn’t get the specifics correct. And I do my best to not make corrections about the inconsequential things, since I’m long-past my “teenager-who-knows-everything-and-needs-to-have-his-all-encompassing-knowledge-validated-by-looking-down-his-nose-at-his-mother” stage.

    However, since you brought it up I feel like I should clear this up: It was Hulk, not The Incredible Hulk, that she was talking about. The Ang Lee version that most comic-book-reading-types HATED.

    That’s the one that we both liked. 😉

  6. Kipp

    To be fair, Emma, Mom sometimes doesn’t get the specifics correct. And I do my best to not make corrections about the inconsequential things, since I’m long-past my “teenager-who-knows-everything-and-needs-to-have-his-all-encompassing-knowledge-validated-by-looking-down-his-nose-at-his-mother” stage.

    However, since you brought it up I feel like I should clear this up: It was Hulk, not The Incredible Hulk, that she was talking about. The Ang Lee version that most comic-book-reading-types HATED.

    That’s the one that we both liked. 😉

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