Friday, August 31, 2007

I do not think it means what you think it means...

So, a few weeks ago we bought a DVD of "The Princess Bride" at a yard sale for a couple dollars. I knew the girls would love it, I love it, Joel probably loves it...I mean, who doesn't love it? It didn't get watched for a while after we bought it, though. We were gone a bunch and the girls had a couple other movies they were kind of addicted to.

Well, last week while Bria was at school and the baby was sleeping, Chloe asked if she could watch a movie. I said she could and she brought me "The Princess Bride." She asked what it was called, and then wanted to know if it was about a Princess who gets married. "Sort of, " I told her, "Do you want to watch it?"

Yes she did. So I put it on, and then went out to paint furniture in the garage. (Yes....I think I need an intervention. I've been painting every piece of furniture in our house!)

Well, while I was painting, the door to the garage kept opening about every 2 minutes with updates on the movie.

"Where did fawn boy go?"

"Mom! Is the guy climbing the rope a bad guy?"

"They're fighting with their swords now!"

"Does the guy in bed ever get better?" (I thought she was asking about Westley, but she was actually asking about Fred Savage's character.)

"That big guy is funny, huh!"

"Why are they choking?"

"What is that big ugly thing that bit fawn boy?"

"He's doing guide my sword now, Mom!"

"Why is she marrying the king? I thought Westley was gonna come get her! Where is Westley, Mom? Isn't he gonna come?"

"Westley came now!!!"

"Why does Westley say gently to her?"

I don't know when I've ever seen her more excited or more full of questions about any particular movie. It was a Friday when she first watched it, so Bria was allowed to watch when she got home from school and Chloe could not wait for Bria to see it too. She gave Bria running commentary the entire time and was personally offended that Bria wasn't doing cartwheels and jumping jacks over how wonderful this movie is.

Needless to say, Chloe has watched it just about every day since and goes around the house quoting her favorite parts of the movie. Today, she even made a dagger out of her legos, wrapped it up in a doll blanket, set in on her dresser and came to get me.

"Mommy! Lay down on my bed and you be say, 'There's a shortage of perfect brents in the world.' Say that, okay Mommy? "

And then she unwrapped her lego dagger.

Oh boy.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. brents?
    We have that movie, I've never seen it.
    oh, and put the paintbrush down.
    Step away from the paint can.

  2. OH I LOVED THIS!!! how adorable.. ok.. ok.. I'm going to admit it.. I've never watched this movie in full... never.. now I have to....

    and I'll let you in on a little secret... I bought my son Better off Dead... HE LOVED IT!!! my 12 year old could NOT get over the "asian" drag racing guys who talked like Howard Cosell( sp??)

    Now he keeps saying "I want my two dollars... two dollars"...

  3. Oh BOY is right. So glad there's fun to be had at your house - - I LOVE it!

  4. OH MY HECK! I haven't laughed so hard for quite a while. brents!!! Priceless!

    And oh yeah, I LOVE that movie.

  5. that sounds absolutely adorable.

  6. Re: my question about Bria's schedule...
    Ah, yes, now I see how she can practice violin in the morning. My daughter gets up at 6:15, catches the bus at 7 to be at school which starts at 8:10. And she's only in 2nd grade. It sounds terrible, but we've "chosen" this school rather than sending her to the neighborhood school (which also starts at 8:10, but we could walk) - so I guess I'm sayin' that I can't really complain about it too much. She's in an advanced learning/gifted program so while it's a choice to put her in there, it's one of those parenting things that really ISN'T a choice because you know that if you don't do it, your child is going to be miserable.

    And now I've practically written an entire blog post in your blog comments. :)

  7. Bwaaahaahaa! Love that movie.

  8. Love that movie...found the book once and hated it (the only time I've liked a movie BETTER than the book) Love it when kids get that excited over something

  9. I don't know if I've seen it all the way through or not, but I've seen several parts a lot of times...sounds like she had a great time! And whenever I do see it start to finish, I'm going to be watching out for brents! :-)

  10. My sisters and I watched that movie over and over...I was always scared of the eel part. It is too cute that she followed it so well. I am wanting to paint my kitchen chairs.....You might have just motivated me to do it.

  11. Classic show-I'm always shocked when I hear that someone hasn't seen it. I don't think Zoie's seen it yet, but she'd probably want to with the whole "princess" thing.

    Aren't their questions just great.

  12. Princess Bride is one of my absolute faves! Glad your daughter is enjoying it too!

  13. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that movie! We quote from it all the time in our house!!

  14. So funny! We love that movie too. Honestly, who doesn't? Glad Chloe likes it so much.


  15. She is so inquisitive-very funny. One of my favorite movies.

  16. Thank you! I needed a good laugh. OF all the things for her to quote, it would be that. We quote the same movie, but we choose "I do not think it means what you think it means," or "My name is Anigo Montoya (sp?). You killed my father. Prepare to die." Yep, it's a classic.