Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sinter Klass

This turned out to be a bit of a rant. Please accept my apologies up front.

Now that November is here, I can admit to the watching of Christmas themed movies (because who wants to admit that they’ve been watching them periodically throughout the year since…well, always?!). I LOVE holiday movies. If they’re themed Thanksgiving and/or Christmas, I’m a happy camper. H!A!P!P!Y!

It really sux is a little annoying that Netflix has so few of these movies from which to choose.  But, no worries as we do own several titles- shocker? Not at all. 

Yesterday, I watched Miracle on 34th Street with Maureen O’Hara. You know, the 1947 one. My personal favorite (I adore Maureen O’Hara and wasn’t Natalie Wood just the cutest?! and no, I didn't watch it because of all this reopening of Natalie Wood's case-purely coincidental.). One of my favorite scenes is the one when Santa talks to the little Dutch girl. Remember?


I adore that scene. But yesterday, with all the horrid scandals revolving around adult role models and young people, another thought washed over me from the usual sentimentality. Yesterday as I watched this scene unfold I thought to myself that this is the way children should be treated by adults. This is the way a child should feel around an adult- safe and happy. Especially adults who have such influence over children like relatives. And authority figures. And teachers. And parents. And Santa. And coaches. No child should lose their innocence to such despicable actions against them.

Normally, I'm all about civil rights. But not in this case. I do not understand (nor do I care to understand) what goes on in the mind of any sick individual who mistreats/abuses children. It sickens me. I hate that it goes on. I hate that there is even such a thing. And I hate the people who inflict these demented actions on children. 

I am all for nearly any campaign to rid our society of such evil doers. I even have my own ideas as to what to do with these worthless people but I dare not mention any of them as you may find me rather demented myself.

There is no justification for this perversion whatsoever.

I have no idea why such a delightful movie led to this rant. This is the time of year for love and peace and joy. It worse than shameful that there are individuals out there whose actions try to rob of us of our enjoyment of the season.

What do I want for Christmas this year? I would love for Karma to take a great big bite out of any and every one who has committed one of those horrendous acts against a child. I would love for it to no longer be possible that people could even so much as think about harming a child in any way. I would love for all children to be safe from harm every single day and night of their lives.

And sometimes, I think how much I would love to have one of those perves standing right in front of me. I wouldn't even need much time. And I promise the punishment would be lasting and meaningful. 

19 comments:

  1. The 1947 version is also my favorite. I also love Christmas movies no matter how predictable they are - maybe because they are predictable!

    I agree wholeheartedly with your rant, and I'm sure the line would be long on what we would like to do to them!

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  2. Darlene- Agreed! And wouldn't it just be great if we got to apply some of those ideas?

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  3. Hi Pam,

    I do love Christmas Movies too - was watching one last night actually. It always kicks you into the Christmas mood doesn't it?
    Hope you're having a lovely weekend!
    Hugs x

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  4. Well said, well said, well said!! Couldn't agree with you more, and I'll be standing next in line to you. I love Christmas movies too. So heartwarming!

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  5. I think all decent folk share your views, Pam, so feel free to rant as much as you wish. Concerned parents can never be too careful. I never trusted anyone (apart from grandparents) to look after our two children. I have no regrets for having been overly protective.

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  6. Eva- Christmas movies and music----YES! Right into the Christmas mood! Now, if I had only completed my shopping months ago...LOL

    Diane- Thanks. I couldn't believe that scene sparked such a thought...probably due to all the crap in the news lately.

    Desiree-I was the very same way and I, too, have zero regrets about it!

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  7. I must have led an idyllic childhood because I always felt safe. I'll add my wish to yours. Maybe if we have enough wishes , we can make it happen.

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  8. Stephanie- I always did too. And the lovelies tell me that they did as well. But I know there a kids out there who don't and that's just wrong in every way. I agree, let's all wish it and it will happen!

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  9. I think waterboarding would be too kind, don't you? I wholeheartedly agree with your rant. And I do know how you got from A to Z. It was the innocence in that little girl standing before a trusted adult. There should still be such a thing, that children can feel safe.

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  10. Well said!
    I'm so blessed to have been able to always feel safe when I was growing up and my children were able to experience that also. I just cry for the children who don't feel safe...

    Christmas movies. Love 'em! Especially the old versions. We like to kick off the season with Planes, Trains and Automobiles at Thanksgiving. :-)

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  11. You tell it girl. I would help you give them their punishment. :)

    Love that movie you mentioned. Another favorite of mine is The Grinch who stole Christmas.

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  13. Judy- Agreed 100%!

    Laura- Thanks! I was too and so were our girls. But I kept my eye out! Our favorite is Christmas Vacation. No, Love Actually. No, A Christmas Carol. NO....LOL

    Betty- Thanks! I like that one too!

    Prasetyo- Thanks!

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  14. AMEN!!! 100%
    Blessings my friend!!

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  15. I agree with you! No excuses for horrendous acts against children. I can't think of any punishment harsh enough for those guilty of this.

    I love the old movies, too. I miss the simpler times...

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  16. Julie- Thanks!

    Kathy-It's hard to think of the right punishment, but I have some ideas! I miss the simpler times too!

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  17. I love Christmas movies too....and listening to Christmas music all month long.

    I appreciate your thoughts on the type of authority figures that children deserve. It is a shame that there are so few positive role models for children that are prominent figures. Luckily we can do all we can within our circle of influence to be trustworthy and kind to the children who are a part of our lives.

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  18. It was very hard to show restraint when dealing with creeps in my prior profession. Children and animals deserve only goodness and kindness. They should never be robbed of their innocence. Many years later and I still get a chill when I remember certain cases. I totally understand your rant. BTW- I also love old movies and the holiday ones are great!

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