On my blog to the right, there's a still frame from Little Miss Sunshine with a quote underneath it: "Alright, everyone, just... pretend to be normal."
This movie spoke to me four years ago when I watched it, and it continues to speak to me. Here's some of the wisdom I glean from this movie...
Moms are emotional and crazy sometimes, but man, do they love their family!
Parents can go about things entirely the wrong way, but they almost always have the best intentions.
A family that can get through a hardship together and then laugh about it is a family that's got what it needs: a sense of humor.
Adolescents can be inexplicably selfish and hurtful sometimes. They only mean half of what they say.
Adolescents can hurt you the worst, love you the most, and protect you the best.
Grandpas might seem obnoxious and crazy, but they have wisdom to share. It should be heard.
Family members are sometimes uncomfortable expressing love and concern. When they try to show love, embrace it, appreciate it, and return it.
Sometimes a hug is all it takes.
With family, an apology is always necessary, and is all that's necessary.
We forgive and forget with families; it just comes naturally.
I am me, you are you, we are we: a family. Support quirkiness. ("We've got to let Olive be Olive!")
Do all you can to support each other's goals.
Road trips are vital to family closeness.
So is family dinner. Dysfunction included.
Compassion and empathy are hard to come by; that's what families are for.
Mourn with those that mourn.
Dance like no one is watching.
Defend each other at all costs.
Say constructive things. Families are for love and security.
Chicken every night is OK, mismatching glasses are OK, eating as a family is the only way.
Ice cream for breakfast is alright.
Treat your family better than your friends; they're the best ones you have.
Go to each other's performances.
Fix your mistakes.
Sometimes, you've just gotta pretend to be normal.