Thursday, October 13, 2011

Random thoughts

Some of the (very, very many) films that are almost guaranteed to make me cry, in no particular order:
  • Love Actually
  • The Parent Trap (any version of it)
  • Ghost
  • Armageddon
  • Forrest Gump
  • Terminator 2
  • The Great Escape
  • V for Vendetta
  • The Truman Show
Every once in a while I realise that something from my childhood has had a bigger impact on me that I thought.  My dad was a firm believer that your pockets were for keeping money, keys or a hanky in but under no circumstances for keeping your hands in.  It was a big no-no for any of the lads working for us (not to mention for any of us kids) to be standing around with their hands in their pockets.  I always thought it was a bit over the top.  But now I find myself occasionally watching a film or television series (even sometimes just in work or out and about in daily life) and being so incredibly irritated by people standing around in even the most formal setting, with their hands in their pockets.  You're meeting the president?  Why not walk into the room with your hands in your pockets.  About to tell someone they're dying?  Sure, leave your hands in your pockets. The things our parents drum into us and those around us often stay with us whether we realise it or not.


Anonymous said...

I have an almost panicky reaction to the lights being turned on in a room without the blinds / curtains being drawn as a result of my parents' influence.

The Parent Trap - either version (are there more than 2? I should check...) always reduce me to floods of tears :-)


Moonwaves said...

Oh, how well I remember hating being the one chosen to run upstairs and close the windows and curtains as soon as the light started to go. I was a lazy little sod sometimes. Although I kind of liked doing it too because it meant I was allowed to just go into my big sisters' and parents' rooms. :)