Saturday, October 17, 2009

Nora-ism 1.0

Last night I needed to watch the film Henry V because I am considering it for the film lab part of a course I'll be teaching next semester (a course, by the way, that is consuming my every waking thought and explains the neglect of my blog and every other non-essential element of my life right now).

Nora was the only one home with me at the time and I assumed she would fall asleep in the first few minutes, so I sat her next to me with her pillow and blanket and we watched it together. Not only did she not fall asleep, but she was mesmerized through the whole thing and when she wasn't glued to the screen she was asking me questions (mostly "Where's Prince Harry? He's cute." and "Is that the princess?" Leave it to Nora to turn a Shakespearean war play into a fairy tale). I did my best to distract her during the battle scenes because I'm not a totally insensitive mother. But really, I never would have guessed she would stick by me through the whole thing. Especially since I'm sure she understood about zero percent of the dialogue.

This morning, the first thing Nora said to me when she got up was, "Mama, next time I don't want to watch one of your movies."

"Why not?" I said.

"Cause I'm just a little girl."

8 comments:

planetnomad said...

Haha! That's great!

That was one of Elliot's fav movies when he was about 10. Now he's moved on, but he still likes it a lot.

Nathan Cherrington said...

I watched the same move with my 13 year old son last week. The battle scenes were the only ones he liked. Frustrating.
Still enjoying your thoughts,
Nathan

Nan said...

Heh, yup. Max says "what PG does it say? Hmm, I might not be old enough for that one."

Annette Lyon said...

LOVE that movie. I think I need to pull it out of my drawer and watch it again.

And Nora's right--it does have some fairy tale princess moments. "Let thine eye be thy cook." I mean, come on! Even Darcy can't beat THAT. :D

I've always wondered what the Bard would think of the war scene. Would he love it? Hate it?

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Sarah said...

I got a bit obsessive about this movie back in high school, when it was first released on video. Saw it in my Shakespeare class and never fully recovered.