Generally speaking, we don’t watch movies for Family Home Evening but after seeing The Blind Side (I’m late in the game, I know, I know), I decided to make an exception.
This is a movie I thought my young boys could relate to. It’s a true story (which always seems to capture their attention) and it has football. Not that we’re big on football around here, but what boy isn’t going to be drawn to football?
More than that, I knew this movie would have impact. And who can resist the message? Who wouldn’t be touched and inspired by this amazing true story?
I prefaced the movie with a little bit of background information, to give them context in which to understand the story.
I probably stopped the movie another three or four times to discuss what was happening, ask questions (Why did Leigh Ann invite Big Mike into her home? What made Michael different or the same as other boys in his neighborhood?) and provide more background information to help them understand upcoming scenes.
We talked about it some more when it was over and we were feeling all warm and fuzzy and (yes) a bit teary-eyed.
I was not disappointed in my sons’ reactions to this movie. The ultimate payoff? My ten-year-old saying, “It makes me want to be a better person.”
Me too, sweetheart. Me too.