When Hannah first came, she was nine. As I've mentioned before, we don't really do much television, but we do enjoy some videos every now and again. The girl really liked musicals. One I was hesitant to introduce was Annie. After all, it was about a little girl without a family. Wouldn't that hit a little close to home? Actually, no. She loves it.
A friend of mine called that irony. I'm going to have to agree.
Since that time we've watched lots of movies where kids are adopted. My girls love Anne of Green Gables and Despicable Me. We've seen Meet the Robinsons and just about every single Shirley Temple movie made. We love her. Do you realize she is almost always in need of a family? She gets adopted in almost every film.
I love these movies about adoption. I love that they bring the issue of children without families to the forefront of our minds. I love that.
The hard part is that when I first signed up for Hannah, I thought it was going to look like the movies. I thought I was adopting Shirley Temple. Have you seen her movies? She is absolutely darling. Just the cutest thing and so willing and ready to do whatever asked. No wonder she never has trouble finding someone to take her home and give her a family. Plus, she sings and dances!
Shirley Temple did not show up at my door the day Hannah moved in. A different kind of movie character showed up, but there's no need to go into that...
We were living less of a musical and more of a drama, sometimes a saga. At least that's what it felt like at the time. Some days she may have even cranked it up a few notches to a horror show.
I was disillusioned by the movies.
But do you know what? Seven years later, we're looking more and more like those movies. Yesterday, after finishing Annie, Hannah and I may have reenacted a few musical scenes. We may have.
Almost five years with Ashley and she's definitely hit Shirley Temple status.
A year and a half in with Amy and, well... we're still working on our musical numbers.
We can have several genres going at the same time.
My point is, it doesn't have to look like the movies. It doesn't have to look how you thought it would look. It just is what it is. And that's okay.
If you don't like what's playing, stay tuned, the picture will change. It will get better. You just have to stay in your seat and keep your eyes on the show. It won't seem like it at the time, but your show will start to brighten. Make sure you're paying attention. You wouldn't want to miss it by covering your eyes during the parts you don't like.
After all, Shirley eventually comes out. And her song is worth the wait.
Especially when she looks like Hannah and Ashley and Amy.