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Dead Dad Movies

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You may wonder what a “Dead Dad” movie is. It is a movie where the father dies or is dead, then somehow is magically brought back to life to share more time with their offspring. (And we are talking “quality” movies here. Not Dad coming back as a ghost or as a Golden Retriever.) I didn’t realize this theme at first. I was just drawn to these movies and wasn’t sure why. After I realized they had a common theme, I could realize I was probably subconsciously drawn to them because my Dad died before I was born. There are four main dead dad movies I regularly watch. Feel free to leave a comment & let me know of some others.

Field of Dreams — Son almost runs out of money & loses his house building a baseball field, only to realize it is so that he could play catch with his dead father again. Stars Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Amy Madagan.

Late for Dinner — Father & his brother-in-law are accidentally cryogenically frozen & then thawed out in the future. Late for Dinner came out at the same time as Mel Gibson’s Forever Young. But Late for Dinner is a much better movie. The father is reunited with his grown daughter. Stars Brian Wimmer, Peter Berg, Marcia Gay Harden.
One Magic Christmas — Father is shot in a bank hold-up on Christmas Eve. His daughter must travel to the North Pole, where dead people work in Santa’s Workshop (is that Heaven or Hell?!!), to ask Santa to make her “Dad not dead anymore.” I feel so bad for Mary Steenburgen’s character in this movie. At one point her husband & kids are dead, leaving her all alone, just because she doesn’t believe in Santa Claus. Believe…or else.

Frequency — Father from the past who is dead in the present talks to his grown son through a magical CB radio with the help of solar flares. Father finds a way to survive into the future to be reunited with his troubled son. I would like this movie better if someone else besides Jim Caviezel was cast as the son. I find him very creepy. Plot heavy. Also stars Dennis Quaid.

So, if you have a Dad who is still alive, celebrate him not just on Father’s Day, but every day. And if you don’t, watch one of these movies to make your “Dad not dead anymore”.

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Mother’s Day is a Fake Holiday.

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Mother’s Day is a fake holiday. So is Father’s Day. And Valentine’s Day. And Sweetest’s Day. And Adminitrative Professional’s Day.

Now, Memorial Day, that is a real holiday. Everyone comes together at parades or cemeteries or barbeques. We spend a day enjoying the freedoms (and a day off work) that centuries of soldiers’ have fought & possibly lost their lives for. My dad drove an ambulance in Germany in World War II. He was there when they liberated one of the concentration camps. He died before I was born. But many years after the war, of a heart attack. When I was young, my mom & I would often go to the cemetery. We would put down flowers made of fabric & plastic at his grave, or check on the ones we had put previously. I think that is why Memorial Day is my favorite holiday. There are not many holidays where part of a proper celebration (Note the word PROPER–>for you slackers who sleep in & don’t give a few seconds of thanks to our veterans!) includes going to the cemetery. So, it was sort of the one holiday of the year where my whole family was together. Plus, there are no underlying religious connotations like Christmas & Easter have (unless you count “God Bless the USA”), since I do not actually believe in God. Everyone who lives in the United States of America can participate in the day’s true meaning.

As part of my new traditions, I try to work in a pancake breakfast to support local firefighters & purchase chicken BBQ for lunch from the local American Legion. But at the heart I know what the holiday is really for. Looking at Old Glory seems a little more meaningful on Memorial Day.

Here is the moral of the story: You are in contact with your mother, father, valentine, sweetheart, and secretary almost every day. You should be appreciating them (and telling them and showing them) daily. It is easy for us to go from day to day in our lives & forget about all the sacrifices made by people we have never even met & never will (including, sometimes, one’s own father). That is why we NEED Memorial Day, to stop & give thanks. And maybe buy paper plates & napkins for the BBQ with stars & stripes on them. As long as they aren’t made in China.

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