Yesterday was the first reasonably coldish day we’ve had here in my neck of the woods so far this year. It was a perfect day to snuggle up in my recliner, wrapped in a blanket, wearing my warm fuzzy slipper boots.
Once I settled in, hot chocolate in hand, I decided to watch a couple of documentaries, which I love doing. I went to HBO On-Demand and selected Mondays at Racine.
Mondays at Racine tells the story of two sisters who own a hair salon on Long Island that opens every third Monday to offer services, free of charge, to women with cancer. It was a powerful and emotional story and within minutes I was weeping. During the film I alternated between crying, laughing, cheering and hoping. By the time it was over, I was reminded of the strength of the human spirit and the difference we can make when we come together to support and celebrate.
Next I chose to watch Valentine Road, which tells the tragic story of a middle school boy in Oxnard, California who was beginning to question his sexual orientation when he was murdered by a classmate. I was crying within seconds. It was a difficult film to watch and the emotion I felt was a powerful blow-to-the-gut one that I have only experienced during times of my own grief. It was heart-wrenching and unsettling, but I am so glad I watched all the way through.
I share these films with you not as a review, but to say they are worth watching, just make sure you have plenty of tissue on-hand before you do. It is also to tell you both films moved me on a very deep and personal level and left me asking not what can I do, but what AM I going to do to make a difference in this world and maybe they will leave you asking the same thing if you watch.
I am still asking and wondering where to start. Perhaps the first step is sharing my experience of these films with you and to tell you that YOU ARE IMPORTANT AND WORTHY AND SO VERY BEAUTIFUL. I needed to tell you that today and I really mean it from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you for visiting…especially today.