Hawaii: Lisa, me, and David in February 2014.
Time to reminisce about my younger daughter, Lisa. I have many fond memories of her childhood. She was so different from her older sister, Maria. Maria tended to be hyperactive, whereas Lisa was sedentary. Maria had a short attention span, whereas Lisa could focus on something for an extended period of time.
When Maria was two years old, she would not sit still in the theater, no matter which movie was showing. She constantly wanted to go to the bathroom or would play with her seat, flipping it up and down.
Lisa, on the other hand, would sit still for the duration of the movie, absorbing everything. We were watching “Charlotte’s Web,” and when the spider was dying, I heard sniffles. I looked at Lisa, and there she was, weeping, tears rolling down her face. I was amazed that a two year old could follow the plot and empathize with a spider. Wow!
Lisa loved the movies, particularly those that got poor ratings. When we told her we would rather see a movie that had received a five star rating, she replied, “The best movies have one star.”
She would insist that we take her to these lousy movies, which we did simply because we loved her. Remember “Mutant Ninja Turtles”? She really enjoyed that one.
Now, of course, Lisa is a graduate student in Nevada. I wonder if she has time for the movies.