We’ve just returned from a wonderful vacation in northern Michigan. Before getting back in the weekly routine we had a family movie night with Howl’s Moving Castle. Ohmigosh — I can’t say how much we all loved this movie! When it was over I looked back at the sofa to see Eggmaster wiping away tears, and Violet’s eyes were shining too. The film was a bit too scary for Victoria (though her good friend and age-mate A. says its her favorite), but she was also moved by it.
We talked a bit about how the heroine saved the day not by being a wizard or witch, but by being kind and brave. We also talked about how the hero built a big castle to protect his heart, yet the only way to save his heart was to let the castle fall apart. Just a bit, though — no need to talk these things to death when we’ve all been feeling them together.