Free Friday: Sweet Things

A lot of things are making my Friday pretty SWEET:
Including this super sweet tea from McDonalds that I have almost downed.
I am feeling a little bit HYPER to say the least…and I like it!
Today is our “reward day” for the end for the end of the six weeks (yes reward days still work for highschoolers) so I let them bring in McDonald’s for breakfast, and of course I placed my own order of tea and hash browns. In addition to McD’s we also watched Big Fish, one of my favorite movies.
I always choose this movie for them because it’s about the great art of storytelling, and to me, that is what good writing is all about. Being an English major, I also love all of the symbolism and interpretations that can be taken from the storyline. At the end of the semester they have to write a critical analysis comparing one of the movies from our reward days and a movie of their choice (gotta keep it tied to the curriculum, haha). Some of the quotes from the movie have also inspired some great journal topics.
EDWARD: My muscles couldn’t keep up with my bones, and my bones couldn’t keep up with my body’s ambition. So I spent the better part of three years confined to my bed, with the World Book Encyclopedia being my only means of exploration. I had made it all the way to the “G’s,” hoping to find an answer to my gigantificationism, when I uncovered an article about the common goldfish.YOUNG EDWARD: “Kept in a small bowl, the goldfish will remain small. With more space, the fish can grow double, triple, or quadruple its size.”

EDWARD: It occurred to me then, that perhaps the reason for my growth was that I was intended for larger things. After all, a giant man can’t have an ordinary-sized life.

Later the Young Edward says to the Giant Karl, ” Has it ever occurred to you that maybe you’re not too big? That maybe this place is just too small?
Journal topic:
  In your journal, try to answer the question, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”
What could you grow into if you just gave yourself the “space”?
Early on in the movie young Edward must decide if he’s going to look into the witch’s eye to see how he dies. He says:
YOUNG EDWARD:I was thinking about death and all. About seeing how you’re gonna die. I mean, on one hand, if dying was all you thought about, it could kind of screw you up. But it could kind of help you, couldn’t it? Because you’d know that everything else you can survive. 
Journal topic:
Would you look into the eye of death, if you could? Why or why not? What would you do if you were armed with the knowledge that you were going to live until ________ age, and could survive everything that came your way in between? How would you live your life differently?

A couple more of my favorite quotes from the movie are:
“The biggest fish in the river gets that way by never being caught.”
It was that night I discovered that most things you consider evil or wicked are simply lonely, and lacking in the social niceties.”

Another sweet thing about this Friday…
…is listening to is this song.
It’s rumored to be written about Regina Spektor.
And it’s my new ring tone.
And how could I do a “Sweet Things” post without this song?
Ahh, one of my all-time favorites!
PS-Next Wednesday is the LAST day to help me reach my goal of raising $1,000 for both Sophie and Clara. Sophie has reached her goal, but not Clara. It will never be too late to donate to their fund, but it will be my last week of fun giveaways and events so PLEASE consider helping anyway you can. I will extend my massage giveawayuntil next Wednesday and hopefully launch one last giveaway on Monday.I’ve realized by doing this that I’m not very good at fund raising. I get uncomfortable asking people for money. But this isn’t about me. It’s about Sophie and Clara, and helping them find a forever family. If you can find it in your heart to give, please consider doing so in the next week…and pass this on to all those who may want to contribute


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