On Friday I went with our 5th grade class on their field trip to see the movie Wonder. It is rare that I attend a field trip, but WOW, this was a great one! This movie has quickly moved to one of my all time favorites. What a message especially for our current state of society. Since the movie I have been reflecting:
Without being too specific, I found myself pondering on just what in the world our children must be thinking when they hear the news headlines. If you just consider the news over the past couple of months, it has included everything from shootings to the abuse by influential individuals. Really not the examples of kindness and respect for others that we want for our children.
It can sometimes feel like we are swimming upstream when we try to focus on choosing kindness, respect, positivity, and happiness. If we listen to the headlines it would appear we are definitely fighting an uphill battle.
Then something as simple as a movie like Wonder can come along and change our perspective. It can give us hope that we are fighting the right battle. It can restore faith in mankind while looking at the frailties of the human condition.
This movie confirmed for me that we must continue to equip our children with the life skills needed to mend a broken society. Parents, if you have the opportunity to see this movie with your children, I highly recommend it. The 5th graders read the book before seeing the movie. So reading the book or seeing the movie is really an awesome opportunity for all of us.
Look out - if you all thought I was passionate before about the work we do with the Orange Frog, since seeing the movie I am more passionate than every about this work!!