I have been working on another post all night and had to stop. I keep hearing that song over and over in my head and it is far too distracting.
“Ooompa Loompa …”
“But I want it NOW, Daddy!”
I can remember waiting for Willy Wonka and The Wizard of Oz to come on every year. Back before Netflix and cable and VHS and DVD and OnDemand, back when you had to wait a whole year to watch your favorite movies and specials again. Truthfully, The Wizard of Oz was always my favorite, but we could not wait to watch Willy Wonka every year either. We sat mesmerized, glued to the vivid imagery, the irresistible lure of candy, the magical tour of the factory. We had no clue how totally creepy Mr. Wonka was, or what wretched brats those children were. We were just enthralled by the magic that was the movie.
We didn’t mind commercials, those were built in bathroom breaks, a chance to run upstairs to get our dessert, for my father to make us a snack. Besides, without commercials, how would we know what to put on our Christmas list for Santa?
We waited for those holiday specials with almost as much excitement as we had for the holidays themselves. They were part of the whole tradition.
Ah…It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. What a love I have for the Peanuts gang, even now as an adult. Just the music can take me back. But as I tried to share these things with my children, I realized too much has changed.
My kids thought Charlie Brown was boring. They much preferred the new Willy Wonka to the old. The Wizard of Oz was about a girl. Enough said. Sadly, my husband and I find ourselves watching these classics from our youth by ourselves now. Like tonight.
Technology will always have the upper hand. It will always offer us new alternatives, different options, and I am a fan most of it. But tonight it is making me just a bit sad. We had fun watching movies together on the sofa in my parents living room. We snuggled under the afghan my grandmother crochet for us, ate the popcorn my father doused with butter after he popped it on the stovetop in a pot. We turned out the lights and pretended we were at the movies and were glued to our 20″ tv. It was magic. It was not the least bit boring.