This is a very powerful movie. It is the story of a simple countryside girl who goes through life in wartime Japan. Usually when we hear of war stories there is a good side and a bad side, reasons are justified and perhaps some heroes are thrown in. What is usually not included is the human aspect, in that we’re all humans doing our best until things like war occurs and our lives fall completely apart. She didn’t do anything wrong, she always did what she was told and then she loses her arm, her niece and her normal life to things well beyond her control.
I finally was able to watch this documentary on a flight today and it made me realize how necessary Fred’s message of love, for being just the way you are, is in our current climate. For people of my generation we look back fondly on Mr. Rogers as it reminds us of the joy of childhood and when climbing trees, playing games, taking a trip to the pool and making new friends were the important things. It was when we found the news boring and for “old people.” It was also before the networks tapped into our worst emotions and persuaded us to start disliking each other based on whatever issue might push buttons.
It is the Friday before the Fighter’s Cup which is on Sunday. At rest I’ve mentally prepared myself but during last Saturday’s fights I lost confidence very quickly. The issue is stamina of which I have very little and it depletes quickly when fighting. It is at that point I feel like I’m going to die and just want it to end. I’ve never been mentally strong when it comes to stamina and having to keep going.
I finally watched the final installment of the Indiana Jones movie series. One of our friend’s little boys is really into Indiana Jones, he wears the hat and carries around a bag everyday. And so, I thought it would be time to introduce my own son to the series. It might have been a tad bit too early however since there is a lot of violence. The other thing is my son is much too young to understand any of the historical references and so had questions every five minutes.