Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Let me begin by warning all my pregnant friends, DON'T go see this until after you have the baby.  Whether I am emotional because of the pregnancy or it was just that touching of a story, I wasn't the only Mommy in the theatre crying. 

For all those that aren't pregnant.  I would definitely recommend this as a movie to share with you children.  It is a heartwarming story that covers all ages.  The Odd Life of Timothy Green is rated PG and was released on August 15th, 2012.  Both my girls, ages 5 and 6 were entranced by the story line and events that were conveyed as a couple learned they were unable to conceive.  The night the doctor shared the news with the couple they sat down and made one last list of every characteristic they thought their child would display.  They then put all the sheets of paper into a wooden box and buried it.  That night, despite a long seasonal drought, it stormed and rained all evening.  In the middle of the storm, the downstairs door began to bang and the husband went down to shut it, only to come back to bed and find...not his wife, who had got up to use the bathroom, but Timothy!

The messages of hope and determination to succeed were demonstrated on multiple occasions throughout the movie.  Timothy is truely an inspirational character who displays characteristics that we all wish to see in our own kids. 

Some of the topics hit in the movie include; bullying, love, competition, adoption, death, new parents, family and community opinions. 

One of my favorite scenes is when Timothy's "mom"  says to the administrator of the adoption agency, “we’re not perfect; we made a lot of mistakes.” When the administrator asks what they would do differently if they had the chance, both parents respond, “we’d make different mistakes; better mistakes.” I know that anyone that has kids knows this is true to you too! 

Did you and your spouse have a similar discussion prior to conception?  What characteristics do you hope your child conveys to the world? 

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