This morning is our observation of Veteran’s Day at Louisa Middle School. The ROTC from Lawrence County High School and several veterans from the community will gather and attempt to impress upon the student body the significance of this solemn occasion. In the middle of all this reverence and seriousness, we will play a Power Point / Slide Show / Musical extravaganza created several years ago by former Louisa Middle School student, Chelsea West. In our lives we have little moments of perfection, brief lapses where we lose sight of our frailties and inadequacies and produce something that let’s everyone know what we are capable of, who we CAN be. For an eighth grader to have put this together, all from found material, is quite the impressive feat, impressive enough that we still use it six years later.
If you have not had the opportunity to observe Veteran’s Day, Armistice Day or Remembrance Day (as your locality dictates), go out today. I’m sure there is still an opportunity. If you want to use this as your excuse to visit Walt Disney World, then reference yesterday’s blog. You’ll be glad you did.
On this date in 1946, Walt Disney released “Song of the South,” the movie, not the song by Alabama (which I am sure was inspired by the movie). You can’t buy this movie in America, where it is feared that it had racist overtones. At one point you could buy it in Europe and Japan, I think you could even buy it here during the times of Beta and VHS tapes but never on DVD. I don’t know about the racist charges. Every time I have seen the movie I can’t help but think that Uncle Remus is the smartest guy in the bunch and that everyone else could learn a thing or two from him. You can get much of the feeling of Joel Chandler Harris’ story by riding Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom and that is what you should do today. Around our house we talk about our “Laughing Place” and be Bre’r Fox not to throw us into that ole’ Briar Patch. It’s all good.
November 12th, 1955. Marty McFly takes a little trip in Doc Brown’s time travelling DeLorean (We have a purple DeLorean parked at a used car lot in Louisa, I kid you not a PURPLE DeLorean. If I bought it, the first thing I would do is take a Brillo pad to it and get all that purple off). He ended up in November 12th, 1955. So, in tribute to Marty McFly and his, not purple, time-travelling DeLorean, have a meal at the 50’s Prime Time Café. Be sure to eat all your veggies or you won’t get any dessert.
Last one for today; let’s stay in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In 1943, Wallace Shawn, made his debut on planet Earth as an actor and playwright. A few years later, he debuted as Rex, the green dinosaur, in all three Toy Story films as well as parts in A Goofy Movie, The Haunted Mansion, The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story, The Incredibles, Air Buddies, and Chicken Little. There are literally dozens of ways you could use Wallace as an excuse to visit Walt Disney World but let’s go to Toy Story Mania where you can ride, encounter Rex, and shoot hundreds of sharp pointy things at things that don’t tolerate sharp pointy things well.
Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.