A Little Unconventional

It seems like we are always having some sort of movie night in my house. Our newest thing is taking turns deciding on movie marathons. Jessica choose The Wizard of Oz marathon where we watched Oz Great and Powerful, The Wizard of Oz, The Return to Oz, the Tin Man miniseries, and The Muppets Wizard of Oz. Wyatt just ended his Hobbit and Lord of the Rings marathon. Its my turn to choose and I’m going a completely different route. I’m going with the Tinkerbell movies. Which got me thinking about this week’s topic, feel good movies. I have different ones that I like depending on what is going on in my life.

For me, a feel good movie is anything that can pick me up when I might not be feeling the greatest. I’ve had many nights where I’ve woken up with a panic attack in the middle of the night. While my mind was racing and I was trying to calm down I would put on a movie so I wouldn’t feel so alone in the still darkness of the night. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite movies to turn to on nights like that. Ther version with Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfayden is the one I watch most often because I own a digital copy of it so I can easily pull it up on my laptop and fall asleep watching it. (We don’t have tvs in the bedrooms). This movie is so relaxing and comforting to me because I know it so well. I have always loved the book, I really like the miniseries with Collin Firth as Darcy, as well. Every single time when Elizabeth finally admits that she has fallen in love with Darcy, I cry a little. Since, I know the story so well, I can put it on and fall asleep to it.

I have two other feel good movies that I want to talk about today. These movies are not what people would generally think of when you say “feel good movie” but they are for me. No matter what is going on in my life either one of these movies could be put on and about five minutes into them I would be grinning from ear to ear. We watched these movies all the time when Wyatt was younger. He was obsessed with them. I remember one year he got one on dvd for his birthday and we watched it 13 times in one weekend! It pretty much played on repeat that weekend. Our family has never gotten sick of it. There have been days when my “happiness was broken” and I just didn’t want to do anything and felt like crying for no reason. We would put these movies in and I’d be smiling and singing along. Jessica and Wyatt would hurry into the room to watch the movies. These movies are Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas and Curious George: A Halloween Boofest. I really think these two movies are my go to feel good movies because they remind me of simpler times, they bring the kid out in you, plus they have some really cute songs, and a monkey! It probably helps because no matter how old my kids are they will come and snuggle down on the sofa to watch Curious George. What can make you feel better than snuggles with your kids?


About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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7 Responses to A Little Unconventional

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    You and your kids have created a fun activity to enjoy together. Enjoy the snuggles.

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  2. My kids had favorites, and all of the grandkids have had favorites. I do enjoy putting on something very familiar and falling asleep to it.In fact, that is often how I make myself nap: throw something familiar on the TV that I can get on limited streaming and go with it. I can’t stream on the TV in the bedroom, which hardly got used, except now Joe-the-Husband sneaks in there to watch movies that I don;t want to see, like war movies and religious ones that I have seen,(there are only a few that are truly well done and that I care to see again).
    Tin Man series? I heard it was really dark and I wouldn’t have expected it to be suitable for family viewing. Was I misled?


  3. Jeff Salter says:

    sounds like quite a variety. Pertaining to the Oz series, did you ever see the Michael Jackson version, called — I think — WIZ?


  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Would you believe that I’ve never seen Pride and Prejudice? I keep meaning to, but I just never had. You and the kids have fun in your movie marathons. You are making memories.


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