Monday, September 21, 2009

The Sound of Music

Do you remember the first time you saw that movie? I can't remember the single first viewing, but the season of my life when this movie became a part of who I was is ingrained in my memory like a hand print in wet pavement. When I was seven my parents got divorced. We moved back to Memphis and got a little condo with no cable and no "rabbit ears" that I remember. We did, though, have a tv, a VHS player, and two movies: The Sound of Music and Ben Hur. Not your typical children's classics, huh? But children's classics are no, never have two movies been so loved. The Sound of Music especially was a favorite with me, and I knew it, every line, every song, every pause, from start to finish.

During that same year my grandparents took my mom and me to Germany and Austria with them and I got to take the official Sound of Music tour, visiting all the famous land marks (minus the gazebo which was under construction) and singing the songs virtually every where we went.

When I think back on my special love for the movie, it shocks me that I don't actually own it myself. I realized this the other day when my sister-in-law and I decided we would love the girls to be able to watch it together. We made a trip to Blockbuster, settled in with the big girls around us (Marianna has two cousins her age), and hoped they would love it as much as we did.

It was an instant hit, and we kept it all five days of the five day rental so that Marianna could watch "the children" over and over again. Since then, I have been hearing her little voice around the house piping out, "I am sixteen going on seventeen..." and I noticed that many of her dolls and animals now have the name "Maria." High time evidently for me to be getting our own copy so that she can learn each of those wonderful songs by heart.

I feel like this was one of my "firsts." I got to share something that was special to me when I was a little girl with my own little girl, and have her love it back just like I did. Oh, the wonderful things The Sound of Music brings to life...


14 comments:

Betsy said...

I totally agree. I can't wait to share that movie with my little girl (much to my husband's chagrin:)

jeweljannie said...

Special Memoriess

Susie said...

It's on my list of classics. It's a family-tradition. My dad's favorite movie is the music, The Fiddler on the Roof, and my mom's favorite is Sound of Music. We watched Sound of Music all the time as kids.
One day recently Oceana was at Nana's house and I told her she could watch "Nana's movie". It's become a favorite instantly. In fact I've got a video that I need to upload of her singing "And You and You and You" to Matt's DTS students (for 45 minutes.... at the top of her lungs....standing on a chair in our living room...) :)
I love it.

Mel said...

Angie, I love that movie too! I will have to stock up on all the classics one day as well... I bet that is such a special memory of visiting Germany and Austria with your grandparents.

Ben and Audrey said...

i completely agree. i was addicted too. when i was like 14 and 15, everytime i would babysitt somewhere i would bring my copy of sound of music and settle in on the couch to watch it after all the kids were asleep. i still love it to this day. its such a wonderful movie. but i don't own it either. i must go buy it now!! thanks for bringing back a great memory for me!

Anna said...

warm, fuzzy feelings!!! i remember the first time i saw it with my aunt :) never forget it! and thanks for the reminder that, although i am nowhere near ready for motherhood, i have something really special like this to look forward to. <3 p.s. i'll bring you a painting at thanksgiving :)

lelesgirl1962 said...

I remember the first time I saw it! One of my all time favorites. I got the see the stage production several years ago at the Orpheum when it was on tour. Marie Osmond was playing the role of Maria back then.

Jennifer said...

I brought it out a few weeks ago for my daughter and she loved it. There is a You-Tube video of some people singing "Do-Re-Mi" at a train station. My daugher watches it over and over again. See if you can find it and let Marianna watch it. It is pretty cool!

PeaceLoveHappiness said...

I couldn't agree more! I watched the Wizard of Oz as a wee one, and now my daughters really enjoy it too! Also, the Neverending Story and Haiwatha are fam favorites.

Cristi said...

Amen, and I cant wait for our Avery to get old enough to watch it with me! Oh and before you know it she will be 16 going on 17! Way too soon!

Jana said...

all you Sound of Music lovers, check this out!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UE3CNu_rtY

Deb D. said...

Angie: I am heading over to parts of Europe in a few weeks. I have a one-day stop over in London, so have booked tickets for my friend and I to see Wicked. You talked about it with such enthusiasm, I knew it would be a delight to see. I've never been to a show in London, so this will be a treat! Thanks for sharing about it.

Penny said...

Sound of Music is one of "my favorite things." Love it! My husband gave me the Collector's Edition just a Christmas or two ago. And To Kill a Mockingbird, but I might could share that one with my daughter who is 17. You and your little "Maria" would have to wait a while to share that one. And To Sir With Love that I watched in Jr./Sr. High and fell in love with Sidney Portier. (As an actor. It's the accent, partly. =)

6p00d834520ba869e2 said...

Hi Angie,
This is such a landmark movie for me, too. I saw it for the first time when I was seven and absolutely fell in love with it. Then when I was in high school it was the musical that we performed and I got to be in it...I was the postulant who signs on just before the reverend Mother sings Climb Ev'ry Mountain.
It was the second movie that DH and I saw when we were bf and gf...the first was Sleepless in Seattle - can you tell why I love that man?!
We shared it with the kids about a month ago and they fell in love with it too. Our local musical performance society is doing it in October/November. We've already bought tickets, but the kids don't know. They are going to go wild and I can't wait!!