A while ago, I saw the previews of "Brave" on Disney Channel too many times to count. I asked my G-daughter, Gianna if she wanted to go. I was happy she said yes as you already figured out that I wanted to see it...in 3-D!
Whatever! In any case, I don't believe my 6 year old really grasped the morals of the story. I will have a light conversation about it. I did look to see what critics ( the people who have drowned in symbolism and sociological import, get paid too much, and usually miss the simple mark.) had to say. They didn't disappoint! Their comparisons of the Princess Mirida to Katniss in The Hunger Games, and the fact that this social comment on girl power was a bit late seemed to be recurring themes.
I kept it simple. I do enjoy animated movies for technical reasons as I'm well versed in information technology and computer graphics. The latter was the primary reason I got into the computer field but that's another story. I enjoyed the 3-D effects, the subtle comedy, and the feeling of family. I also heard what our hero, (a hero is a hero, I don't need to gender define!) Mirada says in the end...
"Do we have control over our destinies? We can have control over our own destiny if we're brave enough to look inside ourselves and find out what that really is."
In the last eighteen months, I have keyed on collecting positives that inspire and motivate me on my life's journey. When I heard Mirada say the words above, it reminded me of my path. I can just do nothing and wait for an untimely death never seeing my granddaughter grow up! I can take control over my destiny as a Grandfather and create memories which I hope she will hold onto forever. My choice was obvious, and still motivates me today
You might think I'm too melodramatic about all this. You might not think it's not as serious as all that. That's your prerogative. I believe it was. Simply put, I got the message I needed to hear. I go on feeling good about this life's journey.
Saturday night, I read her a bedtime story as she stayed at our house for the night. She snuggled up close to me, I would point out a word, and she would proudly say it. We read that bedtime story together. This is an example of my rewards for taking control of my life. No one can stop me. I believe in my destiny, Gianna.