I first saw Old Yeller, Disney’s classic boy-coming-of-age story, when I myself was a boy in the mid 1970s. I watched it again recently with my youngest three children.
There’s something about a boy and his dog. I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen it. I’ll only say that Travis comes of age through a very difficult situation with the dog he loves. His cowboy father in classic Texan drawl describes to his son what happened to him as follows:
“Now and then for no good reason a man can figure out, life will just haul off and knock him flat – slam him again’ the ground so hard it seem like all his insides is busted. But it’s not all like that. A lot of it’s mighty fine. And you can’t afford to waste the good part frettin’ about the bad. That makes it all bad.”
[tweetthis]Yes, life dishes out some hard lessons. But we can press through and discover life as something mighty fine. – CW[/tweetthis]
It’s a worthy lesson to pass on to a son. Yes, life dishes out some hard lessons. But we can press through and discover life as something mighty fine.
And I can’t help but comment on the line in this scene about the “woman cooked meal.” Ha! How our understanding of the roles of men and women have changed….
If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned family movie, try Old Yeller. And if you have a suggestion for another family movie, take the conversation to Facebook or Twitter. I’m always looking for good ones.