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Janice Wood

Janice Wood
Lafayette, California, United States
November 11
Mother of 2, Grandmother of 4 Writer, Meditator, Watercolorist B.A. Social Science, Master's in Theology- Avid reader Optimist except when I'm not. A believer in human rights, love, and mystery.

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FEBRUARY 27, 2012 1:50AM

A Warm Hand to Hold: Heidibeth's Open Call

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It was a relief to see the positive journal open call. I needed an opening to begin again.  I haven’t written for four months because so much has happened in my life, some of it filled with hurt and disappointment pushing me into a space of anger and fear. Both places I hate, knowing full well the results of giving in to an emotional freefall. Heidibeth has sent a kind open invitation to journal about the positive so I’ve decided to accept. Even the simple sensual elegance of fingertips on the computer keys feels soothing to my soul. I’m hoping that I can convey the small, but important time that made me happy today.

Sunday afternoon, I took my oldest granddaughter, aged 7, to see the movie The Secret of Arrietty, from the Borrowers book series. The film is so delicately illustrated, scenes of the outdoors reminded me of the finest watercolors, light through trees,  leaves used for umbrellas, postage stamps for wall art, a straight pin substitutes for a sword. The colors are scrumptious. Delightful, slow paced, with just enough humor. In one scene, a clearly American family sits down to dinner, but whip out their chopsticks to eat. It’s Japanese anime, but not so you would notice. I’m not wild about the big eye thing.

The main character, Arrietty, is a strong, feisty, and compassionate teenage girl. As a grandmother, I found her attributes to be refreshing compared to all the princess role models lately.

The film is very endearing, but not in a sappy way.. During a tense moment in the movie, where the menacing housekeeper is phoning an exterminator to get rid of the little people, my Rebecca leans over, with eyebrows knitted, whispers to me, “She’s a bad bad person.”  I told her, “Yep, but I think it will turn out okay.”   Rebecca leaned closer to me and put her small warm hand on my arm.

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I'll have to look up Arrietty. We enjoy anime movies. My older son appreciates that the stories don't seem to follow the "rules" of American movies. I know that sweet little hand, offered by a small wonder. Thank you for this.
Ahh...grandchildren and films we can get lost in are definitely ways to lift the spirits.
I noticed your absence, Janice. It's good to bump into your post and read about a warm, endearing experience with your grand daughter.
Spring will be here sooner or later.
Thanks so much, heidibeth for giving me a slight push to write again.
Linda-After your comment I think I might write a blog about movies to share with your grandkids.
Fusun-Missed reading your posts, too. It's been a long winter and I'll start reading again.
I loved this movie, too, and I feel the same about the eyes. I had the same problem with "Tangled." Hope you got your haircut and will find time to write again soon!
Oh, thanks so much, Lucy. It's been a long winter, I had to move, blah blah blah. I miss my old routine of writing every week. I love reading yours on fb. Back at it soon. I miss all the great people here.