I treated my daughter to the new Winnie the Pooh movie by Disney today. We had 3 hours to spend while my son was off to LEGO camp and we were able to fit it in easily. The movie is only an hour and nine minutes long! I felt like I paid full price but only got half of the goods. Regardless of how little there was of the film, it did entertain us in classic Pooh style. But what I enjoyed most wasn’t on screen.
With the heat index in the blazing zone, camps around here have been seeking cool ways to keep their little happy campers from collapsing from the steamy conditions. I wasn’t surprised to see a large group of youngster at the showing with a handful of counselors. They were clearly excited and full of energy, so I wasn’t sure how much of the movie we would actually be able to hear over the raucous, but instead, I was thrilled to listened to their display of joy and innocence.
The movie started with a Disney short film, “The Ballad of Nessie” and the kids began to settle in. I even started hearing awww’s from the kids as the story turned a bit sad and one kid even called out “That’s so sad!” Doesn’t that just tug at your heart?! Once Winnie-the-Pooh got into the swing of it, the kids began to laugh it up. And that’s what made me smile! I love to hear a room full of young children laughing! It’s such a sweet and endearing sound. There really isn’t anything else like it. I can’t imagine what life would be like without that sound... just think how depressing that world would be! Of all the kids laughing, my favorite was the little girl next to me. My daughter giggled over every playful moment on screen and gleefully whispered to me about what she thought was so funny. Of course she was getting cold as well, so she ended up in my lap and throughout the movie, she would share her popcorn, tilt her head back in laughter, and rest on my shoulder. A child’s laughter is truly amazing!
And that’s what made me a happy camper just like the majority of the audience...