Eli and I saw the Dreamworks animated film Rio Friday night and loved it. Well, four-year-old Eli is still a little restless in movies, but the parents and the kids who were 5-years-old and up in our group enjoyed it.
The animation was Pixar quality, the actors were superb — Jesse Eisenberg (Social Network), Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx and Tracy Morgan — the plot was adorable and the music memorable. The movie largely takes place in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival so you will leave the theater humming the tunes or wanting to dance. For me, the movie was perfect in every way. Bravo Dreamworks! Have you seen anything worthwhile lately?
Here are two movies I am dying to see: Water for Elephants — one of my all-time favorite books, by the way! — and Circo, a documentary with a 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes that my sister and a friend told me I’d love. Both movies have to do with the circus. Have you seen them?
In case you missed it, “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua made Time magazine’s “most influential” list. What do you all think?
I got a little teary-eyed reading Carolyn Hax’s response to a man who just adopted his 9-year-old niece after her mother unexpectedly died. He and his wife never wanted children so he asked Hax how to be a “good parent.” Read on:
The most important, most relentless truth about parenthood is that It’s Not About You Anymore. And why did you decide to adopt your niece? Because you realized this girl needs you more than you need to stick to your plans. That’s thinking like a dad.
Also — unless you and your wife were planning to circumnavigate the continent on a bicycle built for two, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to incorporate significant portions of your 10-year plan into your new family life. Kids don’t sentence you to house arrest. This little girl might expand your world in ways you can’t yet imagine.
But that’s for later. Now, just carry on by thinking small: Get through the process, get through the shock, get through the days. When faced with unwieldy decisions, choose what’s right for, in this order of priority: your niece, your family, your wife, you.
And keep this image in mind: When people are learning to skate, they mostly look down at their feet. As they get confident, they look ahead. As veterans, they look around freely. You’ve just stepped out there; the other phases will come.
I love her skating metaphor.
What else is in the news? What’s up with you?