The movie Wonder is finally available to rent, so we got it over the weekend. We built a huge fort in the living room with blankets and couch cushions and stocked it up with cups filled with Arnie Palmers (iced tea and lemonade) and bowls filled with popcorn and Goldfish crackers. The boys were ready and I couldn’t wait to hit play. If you watch one movie with your kids this year, it should be this one. We talked all weekend about bullying and being different and about good friends. The conversations were especially great because even though the main character, Auggie, has a facial deformity, neither of my boys really saw it. They asked questions about why people were mean to him and laughed every time Chewbacca made a cameo in the movie.
There were so many parts of this movie that hit like a million-pound weight on my heart, but the one that stuck out the most was this: as parents, we try so hard to see our kids as individuals. We try to be fair with the quality time spent with each of them and with our interest level in the things they’re involved in, all the while celebrating the people they are and who they’re becoming. The last thing we want is for one of them to feel we don’t give them as much as we give the other one. Wonder told the story of a mom and a daughter who understood each other, respected each other, and loved each other, but because of life, they didn’t have the time together they would want in a perfect world. I laughed a lot, smiled a lot, and loved a lot through this movie. I don’t want to give it away, but it was the theater scene between the mom and the daughter that had me wiping my face and asking the boys if they wanted more Arnie Palmers.
See this movie.