... you can learn from:
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Kermit: Who said that every wish
Would be heard and answered
When wished on the morning star
Somebody thought of that
And someone believed it
Look what it's done so far...
The first movie I remember ever seeing is turning 40 this weekend so I figure I should give it a quick shout-out at the least -- I didn't see it in the theater (I wasn't even two then, so I don't think I'd recall that if I had) but on TV, and it was the very first time I was dropped off at a babysitter's house away from home. Right this minute all these years later I can still feel the panic and hysteria of my mother leaving me, abandoning me, evaporating away as Kermit sang this song about rainbows -- Jim Henson quite literally taught me to be my own human being, to exist as a thing separate. The Muppet Movie is more than the first movie I remember, it is the oldest memory I can recall, with this little patch of green fabric with bug eyes slapped on it singing my troubles away and molding me into the beginning of me. What a thing to be! Calling something truly magical might seem cliche but this is magic, real magic, a before and an after. Not me, then me. And Kermit.