Notes From Ponderosa Pines

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June 20, 2015 by genelup

The Old Man and Royal Queen took a day off from our homestead chores to take our granddaughter princesses (age 10 & 8) to see Inside Out. Hollywood, and Disney in particular, should be very proud of this excellent movie. Instead of just plain entertainment fare, it produces a look inside of all of us. It is a movie for all ages — it speaks to kids as young as 5 and 6 and on up to us oldsters.

Kids and teenagers are being introduced to their emotions and how to handle them, and me, in my 70s, see how I handled them through the decades I lived.

The story is about a little girl in a loving home with her mother and father. As she grows up she meets the voices in her head. These voices are actual characters. They are Joy, Disgust, Fear, Anger and Sadness. She handles them, or should I say they handle her. The movie is an interesting adventure, the ups and downs, as we all experience in life. This is pure entertainment, and pure educational.

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Actually, looking back in my own life, I wish the movie producers added three other emotions — Rejection, Guilt and Shame. However, that probably would be too much to handle for this young girl. She obviously at one time in her life will experience those. Actually rejection, guilt and shame are foisted on children and adults at all ages. This probably would have been more of a downer in this less than 2-hour movie. Maybe a sequel?

I want to see this movie again. And maybe again and again. So much hits you at once. I need it to resonate slowly in my mind. And, from now on, I will be able to draw in my head what my emotions look like. And I’ll visualize some of these character emotions pretty ugly. And, some handsome. That way I’ll be able to handle them better if I put a face on the “voices in my head.”

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