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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Compassion

I am known in my family for being a big cry baby. I am a Hallmark commercial crier. If a sappy commerical comes on instead of watching the TV my family will pivot on a dime to see my reaction and they are rarely disappointed. Big fat crocodile tears will fall from my eyes at the drop of a hat. Last night we were watching the dark comedy Sunshine Cleaning which was also a 2008 Sundance Film festival hit. Have you seen it? If not, do. It's great! Alan Arkin, Emily Blunt, Amy Adams, even Adams' son played by Jason Spevak aren't playing parts they are real people. It's basically about a single mother, Rose Lorkowski, who is having an affair with a married man who happens to be a cop. She's in a dead end job trying to eke out a living when the cop tells her that crime scene clean up is a very lucrative business. Rose decides to give it a try with her sister Norah(Blunt). They go into homes where people have committed crimes or have "offed" themselves and make it all nice and new. The scene that really had me going last night was when Rose and Norah show up on a scene and there is an distraught elderly woman waiting on the porch with the keys to the house in her hand. She tells them where the house the area is that needs to be cleaned and very uncomfortably asks if they want her to show them. They say they'll find it and Norah takes the cleaning materials in the house. Relieved that she doesn't have to go inside, the woman tells Rose that her son-in-law is coming to take her to Howard Johnson's for lunch. Rose sees her anguish and pain and asks her if she wants company while she waits. They sit down there on the porch, the woman looking down completely heartbroken and Rose reaches over and puts her hand over the woman's hands. The woman then puts one of her hands ontop of Rose's. I'm welling up as I write this. Compassion...that's what it is that gets me everytime. When I see those commercials or movies and I cry more often than not that's what it is...it's so touching to see compassion. In movies, commercials and even yes...life.

1 comment:

Ma Teakettle said...

Hi Ana :)I cried reading your post, I am a cryer too, and I had thought of renting that movie but I was afraid that I might cry too hard....which takes me to "My dog skip," that one had me crying my eyes out so bad that I got a hot flash! LOL.

Here is my cheesy bread recipe:
1 loaf french bread
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded jack cheese
1/2 cup parmasean (I use the Kraft sprinkle that goes on pasta)
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp garlic salt
4 green onion stalks - chopped up
Butter, softened for spreading on the bread.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Slice your french bread in half long wise, and lay both halves with the cut side up, on a cookie sheet. In a bowl combine the cheeses, onion, garlic salt and mayonnaise until well mixed and creamy. Spread the butter on each half of the bread so that you have a nice covering, and then spread the cheesy mixture over that.
Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes, or until your cheese is bubbly and starting to brown along the edges.
Enjoy!
Be careful when you take your first bite as it is real hot and we have burned the roof of our mouths so many times :)
I hope you like it....and thanks for your visit.
Ma Teakettle