The Wind Beneath My Wings …
‘You’re not dead – so stop living as though you are!’ shouts CC Bloom as played by the immeasurable Bette Midler at her best friend in ‘Beaches’. The story of two girls who meet under the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ and begin a 30 year friendship cut short by jealousy, poor (and even more unfortunately, conflcting) choices of significant others and all the other things that can and do get in the way of ordinary lives – and then impending, premature death wields his scythe unscrupulously to focus us further on the importance of living the life we have whilst we have it. I watched the video with each of my daughters in turn when they reached the age of 11 or so. Some would say it was an odd thing to do – some would say it crossed boundaries – it certainly made us cry and it certainly reminded us that life is a lottery and that we can lose those we love the most and that we should make the most of every day. Here, in response to The Daily Post’s weekly prompt entitled this time, Boundaries is my local beach (or one of them) – lakeside on the Dorgogne you can see the Correze on the other bank and the unutterably Disney Chateau du Val in the distance. Boundaries are important in life but steer them clear of love …. and whilst you have life promise you will feel it, promise you will breath it, promise you will see it, promise you will live your life and not a dynamic death.
PS: ‘The Wind Beneath My Wings’ comes from ‘Beaches’ … it is one of the very few songs that has caused me to pull the car over and listen to it when it first came on the radio. When you have a chance, lend an ear to it yourself and ask yourself who that person is in your sentience – there is one in every life, I do believe.
I love this film and adore Bette Midler, and I too watched with my daugters – over and over and over again, but it was on video – maybe I should order the dvd from Amazon, the other lovely song from this film is ‘Baby Mine’ (as from Bambi) and I used to sing this to Kate to send her to sleep – Thanks for the memories xx
Oh me too sang Baby Mine to my babies. There are several wonderful songs – including Otto Titzling which my youngest and I were singing uproariously last week when she was here (seriously influenced by too much cheap Champagne!). So glad to have stirred up the right memories and so glad to have a kindred Beaches Babies girl!
I had the soundtrack on tape and used to play it in my car – ‘Under the Boardwalk’ I think was also on it ?
I never saw it! Lovely post i will have to watch it
Oh you must! I believe you will love it!
I will thanks
Can’t believe you have not seen it Lynz – perhaps you were in Saudi – YES you must watch it.
Beautiful photographs, as always! I’ve never seen the film, but have a long list of friends begging me to!!
Thank you … It’s a beautiful place so easy to capture nice images. Follow your friends pleading – even after 27 years it’s a wonderful movie 🙂
A beautiful piece. I love the message.
Thank you, Arby. Like most, I get into the doldrums from time to time and a reminder to self that life is not finite is important …. And that we owe it to the wind to fly 🙂
Beautiful beach, beautiful movie. Has it really been 27 years? Time must really have the wind beneath her wings… 😉
Ha! That must be it Mel …. The awful thing is that by dint of my exclamation it’s been nearly 10 years since I watched it with my babiest baby ….. Ouch!
love both your thoughts and Bette Midler – one of the greatest artists alive…
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ah, nostalgie quand tu nous tiens… <3 have a serene and optimistic week, dear F…
Thank you M …. I would say we might just be on the same wavelength 😉
yep… and on the same heart frequency… 🙂
Oh Osyth, what a poignant post – I couldn’t agree more. I haven’t seen the film, but it sounds like a very good way to get some important messages across to your daughters. I love your photo too – just beautiful. What a place to call home!
Thank you Jenny …. I guess it’s just written from the heart. I recommend the film highly. I used films as the start point for lots of messages as my girlies grew …. Disney is pretty good too. I am hugely fortunate to live here – Disney castles and all!!