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...