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This past March marked the 30th anniversary of the movie The Breakfast Club.
For those of you who might not know it, the movie portrays the gathering of five stereotypical high schoolers (a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal) for a day-long detention on a Saturday. Over the course of the day, social barriers recede. The teenagers share insights that both explain their stereotypes and undermine them at the same time.
The movie struck a chord with adolescents everywhere when it was released, and continues to engage succeeding generations. My husband and I watched it with our teenagers a couple of years ago.
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I was a persistent child. How persistent? Let’s just say that several times during my childhood my father wished, “May you have a child just like you.”
Well, I did. Two of them.
On a Monday in early January 2004 my daughter Fiona came home from preschool and demanded to know when we were going to Disney World. Several of her friends had gone during the December break, so when were we going? My husband Dan and I just smiled and said we did not know.
She inquired again on Tuesday. On Thursday. On Saturday. On Sunday. Our 5-year-old son AJ began asking as well.
My husband Dan is a champion shopper.
When we identify a need in the household, it goes on Dan’s mental list. He doesn’t like to let his list stagnate. He begins to keep an eye out for the item and to research it. Before long, he’s able to give you an outline of the choices available and each choice’s defining features.
Having Dan’s shopping prowess in the family is a huge advantage. It makes the difference between thinking about a potential purchase to improve the house and actually making it. One of Dan’s recent quests resulted in a fabulous new refrigerator.