Family Movie Night with Our Dog Rosa

There isn’t a ton of TV/movie watching to be had around our house (well until late night with HBO after Autumn is in bed).  We don’t leave the TV on for background noise, in fact we have a dedicated space for watching movies.  And my obsession with (political) talk radio is what is mostly heard in our main rooms.

But every once in a while we have what we like to call Family Movie Night. We pick a non-kid,  mostly developmentally appropriate, sometimes documentary, sometimes black and white foreign film to watch together.  We’ve watched The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The Water Horse, The Living Planet, Night at the Museum, The Cat From Outer Space, Sam Cooke: Legend, Doctor Dolittle, Knife in the Water, Galapagos, and we just finished watching My Dog Skip. Don and I saw this when it came out in the theaters, sort of by accident with a group of friends and ended up weeping through most of it.

As we shared My Dog Skip with Autumn, it was no different.  We all sat huddled together in our TV room alternately laughing and sobbing.  I found it so much harder to watch this time since becoming a parent.  Mortality seems to be the theme of the season for me anyway.

After the movie, we literally circled around our family dog, Rosa, and told her how much we loved her, stroking her head and her “brown olives” (what Autumn calls the brown spots above her eyes).

An only child and an only dog – a forever bond.


Coming soon – School of Rock and The Bicycle Thief…


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