Thursday, April 21, 2011
Revisiting 'P' - Oh, the Cleverness that is Pan
Back in 2003, this live action version of J.M. Barrie's tale hit theaters. My reaction to the preview? Comical. Actually, that's a bit of an understatement. I may have crowed out loud in the theater.
Yep. I'm that person and proud of it.
When I was young, single digits young, my mother* recorded Peter Pan from PBS or TNT or some other awesome station. This was the Mary Martin stage version with mascot-costumed Nana and enough wires to teach Spiderman: Bring on the Dark a thing or two about flying. The memory of the day the VCR chewed up that overwatched video cassette and spit it out seared my brain. The tears, the anguish, the sorrow! Because this production, darlings, was a live stage play aired on television. Something not easily recaptured on VHS. What would I do without Peter, Wendy, the Lost Boys, the dreadful and devious Captain Hook? More tears, more anguish, more sorrow! Life as I knew it had ended!
Years later, I cherish my younger self's passion for fairy dust, happy thoughts, and the refusal to grow up. For loving a boy who wanted only to be a child and have fun. Isn't Peter the reason I, as a twenty eight year old accountant, read and write? To revisit the carefree girl I was when I watched that video to death? When germs weren't a worry and responsibility barely existed? When my imagination had no limit?
From this post, you may think 'R' is for rhetorical questions, hehe, and though you may be right, I'm sacrificing 'R' to revisit 'P.' Well, 'P' as in Peter, though 'P' as in Potter was worth it (go here to enter my Deathly Hallows, Part 1 Blu-Ray giveaway). 'P' as in Peeta would've been good, too, but if I have to choose one, and I mean only one to keep and care for my heart, it must be Peter, because he makes me smile, he makes me crow, he makes the Cheetah fly!
What are your happy thoughts? Did you have a story like this when you were younger? One that made you crow? :)
*My mom is one of my happiest thoughts!