Last night we had “Friday Family Movie Night” at our house. We try and do this every Friday night, barring any unforeseen and unexpected child groundings or sleepovers. I choose the movie and surprise the family. It’s usually an older movie that the kids haven’t seen before. Last night I chose “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial”.
I can’t imagine anybody hasn’t seen this movie but to summarize: alien lands on earth somewhere in the San Fernando Valley (we figured out it was most likely Porter Ranch long before development left the fields and forests history). Alien befriends boy, bad government men find out, alien dies, alien comes back to life, alien goes home. So sad, tears, tissues, you know the drill.
My girls loved, loved, loved it. Score!
I have to admit that I cried… again. Hey, it’s emotional. You’d cry too.
I remember like it was yesterday the first time I saw this movie. There was a lot of buzz around it at the time… way back in the early 80’s. I was in High School (please don’t laugh about my age… I know I’m old) and I went to the movie with my mother and brothers. I remember standing in line to buy our tickets and right behind me was my English teacher, Mrs. Stelmach. Why does this stand out in my mind? Because I was terrified of getting Mrs. Stelmach for 11th grade English. She was terrifying. Her reputation as a hard-nosed teacher preceded her. And wouldn’t you know it, I ended up getting her!
But I digress… I love introducing my kids to my favorite movies of the 70’s and 80’s.
Now I’m off to decide what to expose them to next week.