Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What we watch when we're sick: Willy Wonka

Let's take a moment to admire that title.  All "W" words except sick.  I couldn't think of a "W" word for sick.  But honestly I didn't try that hard.

We've had the flu here for FOUR DAYS.  That is a long time when you have kids.  I haven't gotten it (fingers crossed) but Adam just came home from work last night with symptoms.  Great.  Olivia has had it the worst and so it's been a lot of TV for us.  Axel doesn't watch TV so he's more difficult (except that he does like to spend many hours in his bed resting, so that is a plus!) but Olivia can watch TV all day, napping off and on.  I thought it would be fun to rent a movie for her and since she's been loving songs from Willy Wonka on Pandora I picked that one.

We have seriously watched it ten times at least.  At least.  And I still love it!!  I thought she might be a little young for it, but I was wrong.  The music, the imagery and the candy make it a great movie for young kids. 

What I love about it:

1. The candy man song.
"Who can take tomorrow, dip it in a dream, separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream?  The candy man, the candy man can."

I mean sure, this song might have helped contribute to the problem most of us have with eating our feelings, but the lyric is beautiful. 

2. The teacher. 
"Of course you don't know. You don't know because only *I* know. If you knew and I didn't know, then you'd be teaching me instead of me teaching you - and for a student to be teaching his teacher is presumptuous and rude. Do I make myself clear?"

"I've just decided to switch our Friday schedule to Monday, which means that the test we take each Friday on what we learned during the week will now take place on Monday before we've learned it. But since today is Tuesday, it doesn't matter in the slightest. Pencils ready!"

3. Watching Olivia get so excited about Charlie finding the last golden ticket, every time.

4. Willy Wonka eats the cup.
I don't know why, but I just love this moment.  And Olivia does too.  We laugh and laugh every time.

5. She's a bad egg.

What movies from your childhood have you introduced to your kids??  Probably one of my favorite things about having them.


  1. I've been bad about keeping up with blogs for the last few months, so I'm probably going to be commenting on a lot of old ones because I can't help myself. Lincoln isn't great at sitting still for whole movies yet, but my guilty pleasure is watching Doctor Who with him. He gets so excited when he hears the intro music, and starts yelling, "DOCTOR! DOCTOR!". It makes my nerdy heart so happy.

    1. It's so awesome when your kids start loving the same things you do!!!


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