Thursday, September 16, 2010

4:59 AM. . .

Last night my husband and I watched the movie Date Night, which we both agreed was the funniest movie we've seen in a long time. The movie had me from the opening minute when the couples' child jumps on them in bed nearly killing them and shouting "I love you." (Youngest child does this to us all the time -- frequently he is head-butting us while shouting "I love you!") And then we got to watch Tina Fey & Steve Carell being bombarded by two children shouting for breakfast, as the camera cut to the clock to show it was 4:59 AM. My husband and I were already laughing hysterically. Why? Because this could've been nearly any morning in our life lately.

I was thinking about the movie today -- and sure, as it went on it had a bit of an outlandish plot. But watching Tina Fey do her mom countdown from three (something at which, I'll admit, I'm also pretty darn good at) in the middle of a gunfight, I could not stop laughing.

I think what really got me, was that I saw so much of my life in those characters, but watching it through a comedic lens, I was able to laugh at it, the way I often can't bleary-eyed and fumbling for coffee in the half-darkness of my kitchen in the morning.

I've been thinking lately that part of starting the day off positively is waking up in a good mood. Ideally, I'd love to wake up and reflect on my goals for the day and lie in bed for a while and think positive thoughts. But realistically? I'm usually awoken at some ungodly hour when it is barely light outside by kids who are ready to go, go, go. But maybe, I need to react a little more the way I did when I saw it in the movie last night. Maybe I need to laugh and roll with this stuff more. My kids won't be young forever. Before I know it they'll be teenagers and I'll be waking them up, right?

What's a movie you saw lately that reminded you of your own life or made you laugh? And other parents, how do your children wake you up in the morning? Do you think this affects your mood for the day?


  1. I just watched that movie last week. I rented it on Tuesday and had to go out and buy it a few days later because it is so freaking hilarious!!!
    And yeah, being a mom, there were a lot of things that reminded me of my life. The 3, 2, 1 countdown doesn't work as well for me as it did for Tina Fey.
    I've noticed that the older my daughter gets, the later she gets up. When she was two and three years old, she was up between 5:30 and 6 am every day, including weekends. Now, at the ripe ol' age of five, she sleeps until 7:30 or 8 thankfully! In fact, during the week, it can sometimes be a little difficult to get her up in the mornings.
    When she was little and woke up before me, she would come in my room and put her face right next to mine and whisper, "Mama." Being a light sleeper, I would hear her and it almost without fail, scare the crap out of me every morning when I opened my eyes.
    Now though, she just climbs into bed with me and wriggles around until I wake up (on the weekends) and ask her if she wants to watch cartoons.

  2. when I was so down a year or so ago I saw The Pursuit of Happyness and it made me realize am still lucky with how I am compared to what they have been through especially when they need to stay on a public restroom just to sleep it cried my eyes out literally.

  3. Stacy, I think I'm going to have to buy it, too. I could definitely watch it again!

    And I haven't seen The Pursuit of Happyness yet, but I will have to check it out.