Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mama Mia!

Mama mia.

My kids are seriously lacking in culture.

Well. Honestly, so am I.

But it's probably too late for me...but not too late for my kids.

With this in mind, I've created a new tradition at our house, where on random weekends, we will have a night that is devoted to another country's culture.

This past weekend, we celebrated Italian night, with an emphasis on Rome, the Eternal City.

After stuffing our tummies with some delectable lasagna, it was time for a movie, and what better movie to celebrate Rome than the classic, "Roman Holiday" with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck?

I. Love. This. Movie.

To begin with, you have the always-beautiful and always- classy Ms. Hepburn, paired up with the handsome and charming Mr. Peck.


Add in some beautiful scenery, snappy dialogue, and a story as old as time - and you have a CLASSIC movie that withstands the test of time.

Prior to the movie, my kids did the usual grumbling, "We can't believe you're going to make us watch this dumb old movie."

I patiently said, "Well. It's either watch this 'dumb old movie' with us, or you can be grounded for a week."

Hey. Drastic times require drastic measures....

"You WILL be cultured - OR ELSE!" was basically the message I was sending.

After the movie, the kids were exclaiming, "That was pretty awesome! We can't believe you never showed us this movie before! You're the best Mom EVER!"

Okay. Maybe they weren't THAT effusive in their praises of me, their ever-patient-but-all-knowing mother, but they WERE pretty satisfied with the movie.

Just wait until we have Greek night, where we'll be watching, "Mamma Mia."

Won't that be fun?!




Anonymous said...

Here we call it "mommy boot camp" Movies I require the kids to watch, or books to read, or art to view. It's all about culture, media history, and developing critical thinking about what most people view rather mindlessly for titillation.

Roman Holiday, btw, is one of my all time favorites.

Mama Mia? Not so good in my opinion... but I love the movie because to me it looks like a whole bunch of actors just having fun with the camera rolling.

Mental P Mama said... go mama!