Does anyone else remember the movie “A Day without a Mexican?” It came out almost 10 years ago, and on the surface, it was all about ethnicity and class. In the movie, the entire Mexican population (except for a news anchor) vanishes from the state of California. Naturally, the movie examines what happens to the state’s economy with so many workers missing. But, the plot also focuses on the news anchor as she wonders why she was spared. The answer explores questions about what makes a family and how we develop our own identities. If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s worth watching.
The tween years are often defined as somewhere between 8 and 12, in which girls are “too old for toys, but too young for boys.” BE will be 8 later this month, and although I don’t anticipate her being done with toys anytime soon, I can see early “tween signs.” Not long ago, she wouldn’t watch movies or tv shows with actual people, insisting they were for adults. According to her, kid shows were cartoons only. Lately, though, she’s passed over Arthur, Dora, and Curious George, in favor of Hannah Montana, Judy Moody, and Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure. I’ll be on the lookout for more “tween signs” and naturally, I’ll be reporting them here on the blog!
BE is seven, but she’ll only watch animated movies. In her mind, live action movies (even those meant for kids) are actually for adults. Over the weekend, J rented “Where the Wild Things Are,” and BE lasted about 10 minutes, insisting that she only likes cartoons.
However, there is one live action movie that she’s seen countless times – “Martian Child.” J and I bought this movie even before we had kids, and it’s really not a kids’ movie. (There’s nothing inappropriate about it, but I don’t think it was aimed at kids). BE calls it “The Adopted Movie” and asks to watch it often. If you haven’t seen it, we all highly recommend it. In my opinion, it’s a good depiction of foster care adoption.