Growing up without brothers and sisters is hard, the bond I have with my mother is incredible and I doubt we would have been this close if it had not just been the two of us but there was no doubt I was a lonely child.
In place of siblings I turned to musicals. My bedroom was never quiet it was filled with voices, the voices of Annie, Oliver, Anastasia, Ariel, Cinderella. My happy place was when I stuck in one of my old VHS tapes, dressed up in my mother’s old clothes, dancing and singing around my bedroom. The bedrooms changed often but this did not, you could still always find me in a little world of my own, musicals made me who I am. Seeing the feistiness of Annie, the sassiness of Nancy, the softness of Oliver shaped who I wanted to be.
Lately I haven’t been feeling great so I want to try going back to those times, times of innocent happiness. Where I never truly felt alone because I could always join Aurora or Thumbelina in their world. Expect blog posts over the next few weeks as I get through the list, many I haven’t watched for 10 or so years, it’s going to be an interesting experience seeing if they still give me that spark.
Watchlist (in no particular order)
Annie (1982 film obviously, all the rest are a poor substitute)
The Little Mermaid
The Sleeping Beauty
The Wizard of Oz
The Sound of Music
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The Blues Brothers
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
The King and I
The Swan Princess
I can’t be the only one who did this, let me know what movies shaped your childhood!