Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Christmas Story?

Maybe it was bad timing.

I took Rayne to see A Christmas Story: The Musical on Broadway tonight. He loves the movie and really wanted to see it.

I confess, I have never seen the movie. I know, I KNOW! I don't know why, but I haven't.

It turns out A Christmas Story is about a nine-year-old boy who goes to great lengths to get a BB gun for Christmas so he can defend his family like a cowboy, and maybe fend off a bully or two in the process.


This is Americana? It made me sad.

(There was, however, one little kid who was an amazing tap dancer, which cheered me momentarily.)

Not to put too fine a point on it, but my favorite scene was where Ralphie beat the bully with his bare hands. It reminded me of Geoffrey Canada's (founder of the Harlem Children's Zone) amazing book Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America. Maybe things were better when we only used fists.

Photo credit: BiblioArchives

Like I said, maybe it was just bad timing.


Anyway, I wanted to update my list of "things to do" because it seems to be helping people focus. New additions are in bold.

Feeling powerless? Here are a few things you can do: