Toy Story 3 was probably the most tender for me, as the plot revolves around the main character growing up and leaving the nest. (I confess that I cried for most of the last 5 minutes.) And, truly, the themes were great conversation starters with my little people.
Despicable Me was just silly and fun with a sweet moment or two thrown in--and despite the somewhat gratuitous bathroom humor, all four of us enjoyed it.
After reading this review on Pluggedinonline, I could barely wait to see Ramona and Beezus today. I don't think I have ever read a review on that site with such a glowing recommendation. Ramona and Beezus was very G. No ugly words. No hypersexuality. There were not even any really scary parts. There were a few adult themes (divorce, financial trouble and loss of a pet) but I felt that they were handled tenderly. No doubt, they might raise some questions on the car ride home if those matters have not been previously discussed.
I think what I enjoyed most was the reminder of how uniquely we are each wired--and that we need each other. (I blogged about this not too long ago.) As I watched it with my children, I couldn't help but think about how their own individuality will continue to present itself. Their strengths (and weaknesses) are vastly different. I have a child, like Ramona, who completely marches to the beat of their own drummer. In our case it is a Ramone. :-) He was completely taken with the movie--and it did my heart good to see him identify with a character who was being embraced and lauded for their quirky differences.
I worry a bit about my Ramone, frankly. He is precious and funny and incredibly smart--but I cannot help but wonder how he will 'fit' in as time goes on. Every adult, mature part of me embraces the breath of fresh air that he is--so completely comfortable in his own skin and absolutely unconcerned with what others think. Yet, the part of me that remembers how mean and brutally honest kids can be ,fears for what words may one day be hurled his way.
The Mama Bear in me wants to bubble wrap him and protect him, by toning down some of his difference. The Christ Follower in me thinks about one of the greatest men in the Bible, John the Baptist, and realizes that God will do what He will do in this life. My 'Ramone' is a rare treasure, freer than most because conformity is not even on his radar screen.
I think he is freer than I am.
Lord, show me how to parent this sweet spirit--remove my insecurity before I am able to impart it on my precious child. He is yours. I trust You. I am sorry my actions don't seem to reflect that sometimes. He is YOURS. I truly cannot WAIT to see what you do with that remarkable little soul!