Gratitude, Wonder

As soon as my workday ended, a long holiday weekend began.  My daughters and I decided to kick it off with a trip to the movie theater to see Wonder.  Both of my daughters read the book, Wonder, during their respective 7th grade years, so, they knew what to expect, but I did not.

If you have not read the book or seen the movie, you can continue to read this without the threat of any spoilers. This is neither a movie synopsis or a movie review. It is simply something that I am grateful for, though. 

It may seem odd to be grateful for a fictional movie, but I am.  I really am. I appreciate stories about the triumph of the human spirit, the lessons that life offers in the form of the most unlikely of teachers, and the chance to be extraordinary.  This movie had all of that and more.

Courage. Kindness. Friendship.  Character.  As each one was depicted in various scenes, I was moved to tears a number of times.  The tears continued on the short drive home and are close to the surface once again.  It was such a poignant reminder of when I have demonstrated courage, kindness, friendship, and character, as well as the times when I have lacked these traits. It also brought to mind both the people who embody these traits and the people who lack them. 

I am grateful for being able to share this cinematic experience with my daughters, and I am grateful for this story that made me laugh and cry, that made me think about how I see myself and others, and that inspired me to be a better person.  I want to be a person who embodies courage, kindness, friendship, and character, and I want to surround myself with others who do, as well.

Just one thing each day.  .  .

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3 replies

  1. We took our boys to see it last weekend. Fantastic movie. My oldest has read the book too. 😊

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