If you have not seen this movie—or at least heard of it—then there’s a good chance you’re not human. But I’ll never know because I don’t have one of those CAPTCHA boxes with letters in it to filter out the robots.
Anyway, you should watch it. It’s a bit long, but not as long as Gone With the Wind, which is a movie too long to watch. Even for robots.
OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: There’s this scene where the Von Trapp family is singing on stage, and the children pop out behind the parents and say “Cuckoo!” I’ve watched this movie for decades, and not even those frightening goat puppets freak me out as bad as Liesl’s head abruptly catapulting out of the darkness over and over again.
It’s Mother’s Day today, and by the time you read this you may have had your fill of motherhood tributes, homages and accolades, especially if you or someone close to you has not had the opportunity to bear children.
One of the great takeaways from this movie, though, is that if God wants you to raise a child, then like Maria, He’ll lead you to those children one way or another. And if God wants you to have a motherly influence on children outside your home, He will provide that opportunity as well.
Life doesn’t come with a manual. It comes with a mother. Children need mothers (and fathers) who can teach them how to be good, decent people. And for those children whose biological mothers cannot or will not give them the love, attention and instruction they deserve, a special door is opened for women who have the faith to see passed their own problems and into a child’s potential.
“Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them.” – Alma 57:21