I’ve been trying to take a “sabbath week” every seventh week–this is my first, and I’m enjoying it. I purposely decided to take the week after my deadline, which has been a much-needed break. I’m not sure I’ll be able to take one every seven weeks, but one between projects feels really good. I have cleaned out files and watched movies and played with the dog . . . Much more of this and I will be BORED.

I just watched Akeelah and the Bee . . . and it’s a good thing I didn’t see this one in the theater, because I would have cried all my makeup off. No, it’s not a sad movie. It’s a happy movie, with a great upbeat ending, but the themes just moved me so that I sat here and sobbed through all the good stuff. Even as I sat here blowing my nose, I knew my crying made no sense. I was sobbing while Akeelah prepped for the spelling bee, which is sort of like weeping through the scenes where Rocky is running up and down the beach before the next big fight. Illogical, I know. But this is a sweet movie, and I heartily recommend it.
I also love Angela Bassett, who plays the Mom, and I’d seen the star, Keke Palmer, in Medea’s Family Reunion. She’s a wonderful child actress.



1 Comment

  1. C.J. Darlington

    I did see this in the theater, and I’m very glad I did. Great movie. You wouldn’t think a movie about a spelling B could be suspenseful, but it was!


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