I need a cure for the Sunday afternoon Blahs. “Droop Along Droopey” has started to play in my head. Today, it seems to be worse than usual. Wavy(12) and Zowie(10) have are half heartedly picking through the video games. They look bored, though I know they wouldn’t actually say it. My husband seems to be wandering aimlessly around the house.
I took a look, their rooms are tidy, their beds are changed, their clothes are set for next week. Well, with the exception of one more load of dark blue/black shorts and shirts. Usually, I’d suggest a walk, but nobody wants to go outside. It’s really windy and rain is coming. We had a late lunch that was our big meal for the day. Nothing constructive to direct them toward seems to come to mind.
Of course, building family time is always constructive.
So, I go into my secret stash of DVDs and pull out something. I’ve often found that offbeat or old movies can really get the family back on the same wavelength. Sometimes we pause a movie several times to let somebody do show their spark. That’s what I call it when one of the kids feels the need to re-enact something with their own little twist. I have incredible memories of my kids jumping up to show their spark.
I picked Peck’s Bad Boy With the Circus. I haven’t seen it in years. I’m going to put it on and see if I can lure them into laughing together. The movie description sounds promising.
Peck’s Bad Boy With the Circus
When his parents leave for a fishing trip. Billy (Tommy Kelly, star of George Cukor’s 1938 film The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) and his scruffy gang of neighborhood pals make a beeline for the traveling circus that just arrived in Bloomfield. Fascinated with circus life, Billy wrangles his way behind the scenes for a series of fast paced adventures under the big top. The rivalries, practical jokes, and sneaky tricks that the troupe is prone to quickly catch up with Billy.
Peck’s Bad Boy With the Circus features Spanky McFarland as Pee Wee, making a rare appearance outside of the Our Gang series. Slapstick veterans Edgar Kennedy (doing his famous “slow burn”) and Billy Gilbert are given plenty of opportunities to perform their patented vaudeville humor.
I’ll let you know how it goes.