Saturday, May 28, 2022

BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946) Perfect for Memorial Day, One of my Favorites.

Just want to drop a hint to a very appropriate movie for Memorial Day.   


Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

It's been said that this movie is the closest thing to what our soldiers went through when they arrived back home after WWII.

Excellent cast and let's remember that the actor, Harold Russell who plays Homer actually lost his hands in a military exercise.  

Best Years of Our Lives was the highest grossing film in the 40s since Gone with the Wind...


I never tire of this movie, the music score in itself is beautiful...And notice the sweet wedding in the movie at the end. (spoiler alert)  I see the materialism that has crept into things now and the keeping up with the Jones and it breaks my heart.  I'm flabbergasted at times at what people think is normal.



A Memory of Mine, My Mom taking a Stand Against Materialism:

I remember my mother back when I was in elementary school.  It was Valentines week and there was to be a Valentines party in our classroom.  

My mother was one of the ladies in charge and one of the other ladies from another state in the country who was quite free with her spending wanted to get very expensive favors for the girls that would have been around $2.50 each.  The expensive favors were lavish red velvet heart pillows with a stuffed elf on top with chocolates... we would say "over the top" in our now-a-days lingo.  This was  back in the middle 60s.  

My mother had to stand her ground and explain to this lady that the sweet, pretty little red plastic heart-shaped cases from the local dime store with a transparent snap cover, filled with conversation hearts would be more appropriate.  I was so proud of my mom!  It was a very delicate situation!   I'll never forget her standing there in our yellow and white 30s kitchen on our wall phone quietly, kindly, explaining to the lady on the phone.   I'll never forget my mom's kindness, firm but gentle, quiet-like stand. 


Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

So many life lessons in this movie...



My favorite WWII museum is in Fredericksburg, Texas.  It's the National Museum of the Pacific War.  We've been several times at least and I just absolutely love being there.  Can't get enough of that museum...Beautiful and honoring...educational and wonderfully done.



My mom and dad as many of you know. 

I miss my dad this time of year terribly, breaks my heart.  


Take care now...Until the next time...Let's lift our great country up in prayer.

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If you are a veteran, please know our family esteems and appreciates you greatly.

May we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.


Sandi said...

So many things to think about when we look back on history, people who gave so much, people who honored our country. I love that photo of your parents. To me it looks like two movie stars. That's movie stars from long ago when movies were a delight. ;-)

"in our yellow and white 30s kitchen on our wall phone"



Patti said...

The Best Years of Our Lives is one of my favorite films of the entire 1940's. It is our annual Veteran's Day movie. My favorite line in film comes from there. When Peggy is lamenting that her parents don't understand how it is for her and married Fred, Myrna looks at Fred and says, "Everything's always been so perfect for us? How many times have I said I hated you and believed it in my heart? How many times have you said that we were all washed up? How many times have we had to fall in love all over again?" Wow! Such an amazing line! Couples of that generation worked things out and fell in love all over again, rather than throwing in the towel.

Such a gorgeous picture of your mom and dad. What a beautiful couple! And what a strong, wise mother! Standing against materialism and excess spending! I love it!!

Love and hugs,

Patti said...

That's Myrna looking at Fred March, not the character Fred.

Amelia said...

Thank you Sandi! I'll have to pass that compliment on to my mom, she's 92 years old and still looks very much like the photo! : ) Yes, I was so proud of my parents when I was a little girl, I thought they were so special and very kind people too.

That wall phone was the only phone we had in the entire house for years, I remember in highschool talking to girlfriends and the like standing there in the kitchen, sometimes sitting on the old tile floor.

Your comment was a total delight! <3

Amelia said...

Dear Patti, Oh yes. This movie is so dear to my heart...I too love that line! I've spoken it or similarly to our grown daughters before they married, oh yes. Marriage is hard work and you are so correct, people worked things out then.

Thank you for that precious compliment on my mom and dad's photo, I'll pass it on to my 92 year old mom! She still looks very similar! And she still has those same values, she's very generous with her loved ones but she ain't gonna buy those then dollar bags of bows at Christmas time either! lol Once we were at Walmart together and we had been looking for bows for Christmas, the prices were nutso for *bows*. We finally found the traditional ones either at Walmart or Dollar General for right under several dollars and she said..."Now *that's* more my speed!" : )

Love and hugs!

Christine said...

I enjoy reading about your family, especially your mom and dad. We are of the same era, so your memories are parallel to own preciaous memories!

Plus, I appreciate you suggesting old movies (the only kind!).

Amelia said...

I appreciate you Christine! Thanks so much for your meaningful comment. It's great to know we are of the same era...We saw a lot didn't we? Lot's of things went down and lot's of still precious memories as well. <3