Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Hard-Knock Life

There's been a lot of talk about the Great Depression lately. Lots of predictions. Lots of blame. Lots of doom and gloom.

And, frankly, I find it Greatly Depressing.

C'mon, folks! The Depression wasn't all that bad. Haven't you seen It's a Wonderful Life? Places in the Heart? O, Brother Where Art Thou?

Everything I've learned about the Great Depression, I've learned from the movies. The moral of the story is that times may be bad. But with hard work, a guardian angel and/or a kind blind man played by John Malkovich, good people will triumph over hardship. (Especially good-looking good people.)

This is my all-time FAVORITE Great Depression musical.

We can learn some important lessons here:

  1. Friends can help you through dark times.
  2. Caring for a stray dog is the right thing to do.
  3. Singing and dancing makes hard work more bearable.

And, if all else fails, find a rich tycoon to take you in, fly in a helicopter to the White House and sing in three-part harmony with the President of the United States.

And, then, of course...

The sun'll come out tomorrow!

Check here for listings of other great Great Depression movies. Might as well enjoy it, right?

18 comments:

HILLARY said...

Thank goodness that the sun WILL come out tomorrow, even if it's a little grey!

Annie is my all time favorite movie, so much that's it's also my Emma's. She is going to be annie for Halloween! I just gotta find that cute little red dress....

calibosmom said...

Thanks for the "sunny" reminder! I love these old movies...they really don't make it look sooo bad. I can't imagine the movies that will come from our financial disaster..."Sophie's Choice 2...Cash or Credit?" "Pretty Broke Woman" I could go on and on...

Meg said...

Great post! I couldn't have said it better myself. The financial market is like the weather...there is nothing we can do about it so why stress ourselves out.

I love the musical Annie!

Lindsey said...

You are so funny! Always looking at the bright side.

andrea said...

love liz's comment. pretty broke woman. hilarious.

i think your next post should be a contest for people to come up with movie titles portraying our current life and times. it has the potential to be hilarious.

queenieweenie said...

Giggle...

Shauna said...

I love the movie Annie :)

Lisa-Marie said...

Aaaah. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Annie and have trained Sirri well. Her MP3 player is full of Annie. (I know. My five year old has an MP3 player. Ick.) I just sang Meg to sleep with Tomorrow!

When I'm watching the news tomorrow morning and feeling glum, I'm going to remember this post! Thanks Gabi!

lusciouschaos said...

Still the point was that the spunky girl got to take a bath in a big tub and have lots of new clothes.
This must be an indicator of where my head is these days.

D-dawg said...

I love ANNIE!! It's one of my all time favorites. I, too, am sick of the depression talk!!

Lorena said...

ANNIE was my favorite movie growing up. I used to sit on my window sill and SING!!!!

We just bought the movie for the kids. The girls loved it...I guess I'm just getting them prepared for the future...:)

Marci said...

Great post! I love Annie too - the music is classic! However, I cannot get my boys to watch it. No way, no how.

Christie said...

I still wish I was Annie (minus the unruly hair, of course). Where is my Daddy Warbucks?

Cathy said...

Thanks for reminding us all! Maybe this is what we need.

Lauren in GA said...

You are right. Thank you.

I am kind of a worry wort...I needed this post.

Melissa-Mc said...

I was obsessed with Annie when I was younger. I had the soundtrack memorized and it was my dream to play Annie on Broadway.

Oh well, I did learn you are never fully dressed without a smile, though.

Paige said...

I'm obsessed with this post. Everything I read about how this is the biggest market fall since the great depression I think of Annie too. Was it really that bad? I hope he don't have to find out.

crystal said...

#3 is totally false. I know this for a fact.

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