Welcome to Finding Something Lovely. Sip a cup of tea and stay awhile. Here you will find a little piece of calm and perhaps, something strangely lovely too.
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Beauty lives all around us.
Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to cave in.
American Beauty came out in 1999 when I was far too young to be allowed to watch it. With all that nudity and controversy it wasn’t even a blip on my 5th grade radar screen. It was only in High School that I first watched the film and was immediately in love. Who needs to date high school boys when there were all these great movies suddenly available?! My appreciation of the film, while late, is certainly vast. And this scene is by far my favourite. (Although the close runner up is the scene, “Uh, whose car is that out front?” “Mine. 1970 Pontiac Firebird. The car I’ve always wanted and now I have it. I rule!” I, too, feel victory when he says the ‘I rule’ bit.)
This scene with the plastic bags, it really is a beauty. The whole idea of watching life so much closer than we currently do is a terribly romantic thought, isn’t it? It reminds us to stop moving so fast. Slow up and take some notice!
Sadly, I do miss the electricity in the air before a storm- sometimes I forget to watch the sunset or kiss my husband goodnight. Instead of being in the now, I am in dreamland, somewhere between the past and the future where things happen but through a misty overhang of nostaglia and sweet imagined regret.
Christmas is tomorrow and this film is my Christmas reminder that the land I physically inhabit is not imaginary. It is a place where plastic grocery bags dance in the wind and friends and family gather around the dinner table to celebrate this wonderful season.
This reminder is today’s something lovely- Today is all we actually have.