We rented Soul Surfer for 7 days and Paul and I watched it last night. So good on so many levels!
When it ended I applauded. Couldn't help it!
Brenda walked by the room and said, "You have Soul Surfer!?" She immediately planned a movie night tonight with the girls.
The Blue Ray DVD wouldn't play on their machine so they came upstairs to watch it in our TV room and when I finished having supper in the kitchen with Paul I made popcorn for all of us and sat between Brenda and Tippy on the couch to watch the rest of it with them.
Based on the true story of 13 year old Bethany Hamilton, a young surfer who lost an arm in a shark attack; the movie is a true inspiration in terms of courage, character and values.
I admit I shed some tears last night when I watched it for the first time. It touches the heart and is very moving, but sitting between Tippy and Brenda I felt as though I should have worn a rain coat. Both of them sniffled loudly through the whole thing. I kept passing tissues. There was no end to it.
"Are you guys crying?" asked the self contained Tori from her solitary perch on a chair.
"Aren't you?" I asked.
"I like it, but I'm not crying," she said, and she didn't, not once!
Tippy on the other hand went from loud snuffling to full blown sobbing as footage of the real Bethany Hamilton came on at the end. Tippy is the one whose emotions are close to the surface, as stormy and turbulent as the ocean itself, but this was a veritable tsunami of tears. It was so funny that we started laughing. This made Tippy laugh into her sobs. Have you ever heard a teenager sobbing and laughing at the same time? It's a very funny sound let me tell you, something like an agonized donkey. We all had fun with it.
I said, "No, it's too personal."
But Tippy said, "It's all right. It would be a funny story."
I went with that, she was smiling.We were on a roll.