The FPU has always been a bit of a contradiction and growing up I could never understand why she just never fit the mould of what, in my mind, a â€˜mum` should be. Look, she wasn`t a stay-at-home mom who baked cookies and neither was she kick-arse career mom, who bought cookies. Unpredictable, spontaneousâ€¦sometimes mellow and sometimes crazy: She was like the weather. Today I know that I at least 80% of my eclectic nature and personality is owed to her (and my somewhat crazy upbringing *smile*).
I grew up listening to Queen, The Rolling Stones and Tom Jones
FPU, Jeanie, I remember when Tom was here in concert. OH!! He was so sexyâ€¦such a hairy manly chest. All the girls wanted to be invited back to his hotel room. Even me!!.
JD, Momâ€¦no. I don`t want to hear this. See this twitch. It`s because I don`t want to hear this
My momâ€¦a Tom Jones groupie in her time. *shudder*
Anywayâ€¦amidst the rock â€˜n roll tendencies and the spontaneous, c`mon kids we`re going away for the weekend where to mommy? Where the road takes us, kids! attitude, was an old romantic soul. The FPU likesâ€¦no loved, nayâ€¦. worshipped, the classics. Look, I didn`t watch a lot of tele growing up. We weren`t that kind of familyâ€¦we read, and played games and went away on trips to pit-sonder-water on a lark. But when we were finally allowed to watch tele, it was when the FPU discovered the joys of a Beta Max Video Machine and with that, the joys of hiring movies. Not for us, the latest and greatest movies. I didn`t see The Godfather tillâ€¦wait. I`ve never seen The GodFather *collective gasp*. I haven`t seen Dog Day`s Afternoon or Rocky or Saturday Night Fever.
But don`t feel sorry for meâ€¦because the FPU saw to it that I grew up watching the greatest cinematic movies ever created. You know what I`m talking aboutâ€¦the classics. When films were still epics and were made according to a certain formulaâ€¦.
Girl meets boy, they fall in love (or sometimes don`t), he goes off to fight in some war / battle / street gang fight, is presumed dead / maimed / missing, he returns and claims her as his brideâ€¦.Ta Da!!!!
So, to name but a fewâ€¦at age 8 I could recite monologues from the likes of Some like it Hot, Ben Hur, Gone with the Wind, Casablanca, West Side Story, The King and I, My Fair Lady and â€¦.The Bloody Sound of Bloody Music. My achilles heel. The film that has followed me into my (virtually sane) adult life and now continues to haunt me. *sigh*
Lookâ€¦don`t get me wrong. Great epic story Check! Cinematic masterpiece Check! Fantastic soundtrack Check! (The sound of MUSICâ€¦go figure). But plausibleâ€¦and believable to a 7 year-old? Yeah right.
Ladies and Gentleman of the Jury, let`s examine the evidence: A nun, in wartime Austria. Gallivanting around the bloody mountains (not for one second afraid that a bomb will fall on her head will she`s spinning like a damn top on the Alps). A wartime army Captain with â€¦like a GAZILLION kids all of them damn precocious. Young love for the eldest child at sweet sixteen. Middle-age love for her dadâ€¦.with a NUN!!
I sat there, wide-eyed and fearful, expecting God to smite them for this terrible sin (at 7 years-old I had Catholic guilt. Was I Catholic? No. Did I feel Catholicâ€¦of course? We had just finished watching West Side Story and you cannot help but feel very â€˜bless me Father, â€˜cause I have sinned` when you`re done). But I digressâ€¦.
The clincher as if the apparent blasphemy wasn`t enough was the ability to trek over the snow-capped, blizzard tormented Alps (with Gazillion kids in tow), being pursued by crazy Nazi`s and what not and survive. I was a bit fatally yours at a very young age and really honestly believed that they should not have survived (especially the annoying 16 year-old and los nun).
Where was I going with thisâ€¦umâ€¦
Oh. Point is. The FPU (in all her grave wisdom) told me that it was in fact the greatest story of perseverance, trust, loyalty and human devotion. A greater metaphor for love than even Romeo and Juliet (which I thought was sucky as well. What? I was 7 and all the other kids got to watch Thundercats *sniff*). Now, 21 years laterâ€¦I`ve realised that Sound of Music is indeed the perfect metaphor for modern day love. Because now I know betterâ€¦*smile* and I know it`s as near perfect a love story as you`ll ever get.
It`s a story of two peopleâ€¦from different worlds, different cultures, different backgrounds who, quite impossibly, finds love in the most obscure way. They must face many obstacles (including Nazi`s, extreme weather conditions, the fact that he is initially a total Pratt and their own ideas of what their relationship should be), a posse of kids and a slamming musical soundtrack, before they can realise their love. Ohâ€¦and this pesky little problem of being married to God. So, I accept it. I get it, mommy.
Still begs one last final question. If the hills were alive with musicâ€¦
why didn`t they tell her to shut the hell up!?