Movie Quote Thursday – A Christmas Story
This is one of my favorite movies. Admittedly, I have a lot of favorite movies, but this one is at the top. Ralphie’s youth bears little resemblance to mine, on the surface anyway. But the themes of Jean Shepherd’s stories ring true for me, of being young, of expectation and disappointment, of just trying to keep out of trouble’s way…of longing for something I can’t get for myself. I remember what it felt like when I wanted, wanted, wanted a Baby Alive, and how excited I was when I got her.
And I remember what Christmas mornings used to be like. I remember the wow.
Adult Ralphie: We plunged into the cornucopia, quivering with desire and the ecstasy of unbridled avarice.
That’s something I miss, that excitement, that thrill of Christmas morning. Remember that? Christmas Morning!
More than stuff, more than the Baby Alives and Red Ryders of our lives, what this movie reminds me of is what it was like to be young. The thing is, I will never be young again. But I can feel young! I can be filled with wonder at the new fallen snow. I can enjoy (oh, I can ENJOY!) the time I have with my family. I can even stick my tongue to a light pole every now and then.
Here is a bonus listen – this one’s for you, Yearstricken:
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