There is one movie that I can put on and know that in no time at all we will be singing along and laughing. It’s this quirky little movie that was universally panned by the critics–but we love it! Strange Magic is a fun 3D animation musical movie that was written by George Lucas. Yes, that George Lucas.
It’s my choice for Family Movie Night this week.
I love it for it’s emphasis on a strong female lead. Pea likes it for the fairy princesses. Pork Chop likes the music.
Spoiler alert! In the opening scene of the movie, Marianne, the heroine, is preparing for her wedding later in the day to the handsome Roland. At the end of the scene she catches him kissing another fairy. Roland isn’t a true villain in the movie, though. Sure he’s the “bad guy.”
He’s simply a very attractive fairy guy who simply cannot fathom that anyone can deny him what he wants.
He’s narcissistic, self-centered, selfish, and scheming but he isn’t truly evil.
In the end, the fairy princess falls in love with the bug king, aka the Bog King. He’s ugly on the outside but a good person where it counts.
This theme is especially important to me as a parent. The parent of a pretty child.
My daughter is beautiful. I know I’m biased. However, in her six years I’ve heard it enough times from other people and random strangers that I know it for a fact.
We are halted by well-meaning women at the grocery store who ooh and ahh over her pretty face and laugh at her sassy mouth.
During a doctor’s appointment, while she was wearing a gown and crying through her tangled hair while I explained why the doctor wanted her to drink vile chalky liquid (that was smeared all over her clothes and face) before we could leave, a nurse stopped in to tell me she was beautiful!
Strangers stop by our table at restaurants to tell me that she’s adorable or precious.
And she is.
In other words, the well meaning compliments from strangers are helping to create my own little narcississtic monster. Don’t worry. I emphasize her non-physical traits and talents daily. She is a terrifying blend of beauty and intelligence. It’s not fair.
Her physical attractiveness is an accident of nature and not a result of any work on her part. It is what it is. She’s lucky for it but it should not define her. Ever.
I was inspired by our favorite movie to create a visual reminder for her.It’s my message in a mirror to my little girl. The message I want her to always remember. A DIY reflection quote for her to reflect on.
I admit that I do have a bit of the criminal mastermind element in my personality. I intentionally chose a mirror for the message because she loves to look in mirrors. I also chose the shimmering pink paint because she is drawn to pink. She doesn’t just wear pink on Wednesdays. In Pea’s world, every day is Wednesday.
My message to her is specifically engineered to be something she wants to keep at her bedside.
She even helped me make it!
Materials:6 inch beveled mirror Vinyl letters Metallic shimmer pink spray paint
painters tape for keeping letters straight if needed
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