Sunday, February 19, 2017

To Sir, with Love

It does not matter how many times I watch it, "To Sir, with Love" causes my heart to ache and fill with love for human race, every single time. I'm already weeping before Lulu begins to sing the title. And when I read the news that she'd passed on, I wanted to weep, but didn't. I just teared up a little and then belted out what I recalled of her song. Lulu'd had her moment when the world knew her. We remember her. I'm wet eyed, and then all too soon I see a much younger Hyacinth aka Patricia Routledge, on screen talking with Sir, and I'm laughing.  

I just glanced up yet again, and really had to laugh hard at Sir's dancing. I'd have taken his CP membership card had I been on set to witness that ostrich-stepping he called dancing. We can't all be perfect though, so I'm forgiving-and-listening-and-typing again as Peggs is given a hand-up onto the bandstand and . . . Aw, gee! She's singing to sir again! "If you wanted the moon I would try to make a start." The song is like a love letter. To sir. That's what it is to me:  A love letter, to sir, with the best kind of love. Not the love is blind sort of love, but the eyes wide open sort of love. That's the best kind because it sees and loves everything all the while. That gift is really a box filled with a whole lot of Love. "Love, love is strange. Lot of people take it for a game. Once you get it, you never want to quit."

Movie and television teachers are so very different from the real thing. I cannot imagine being as composed as Sir in the face of such ignorance, not even from students who are always given passes for such . . . Goodness. Now it's "Carmen Jones!" It's Harry Belafonte's turn. And Dorothy Dandridge has to strut her bad girl self across the screen. Oh, my! I Googled Harry's full name in case I misspelled it, which I did, and discovered this quote:  "What does it mean to be an artist? Legendary entertainer and activist, Harry Belafonte, says artists are 'gatekeepers to the truth' and it is this principle that is at the heart of his social justice organization Sankofa." I watched "Seventeen," and it cast me into a dark place filled with pain. And understanding. I learn. I am learning. I have learned. And now I know.


Oh, heck! There's always tomorrow for Sir. Watch this instead:  Notes. Don't be like me though. Don't cry! But do write on. And, Happy Black Heritage Month!


7 comments:

  1. LULU is not dead dear google her name she is 68 alive and well that was a hoax ....sometimes people do that to make others cry it is a scam sorry but I love Sidney pointier and lulu and to sir with love and also the one movie I talked about something blue .

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    1. Thank you, my friend. I wasted water for nothing! I Googled and had a long read about Lulu. All is well. Now all I have to do is find my journal that includes the entry regarding her passing and . . . re-write that bit of history.

      You mean "A Patch of Blue?" It's a favorite too.

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  2. Happy Black Heritage Month to you, as well!

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  3. yes my dear patch of blue is it indeed sad part of that is the lead actress Elizabeth Hartman jumped out a window to her death. I think she must have severly depressed . But again that was in the 60s now a days she could have taken something and had therapy . I often think Marilyn Monroe might have been helped as well if she had been born in a different time .

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    1. You, good woman, are a breathing encyclopedia. I confused Hartman's life story with that of Inger Stevens'. How very sad that her life was so painful. Meds and therapy don't always work. Robin Williams and many others prove that. I had friends who committed suicide. One excused herself from her young son's birthday party, went inside, and killed herself with a shotgun. She'd already survived a recent suicide attempt in which she'd stopped her car on train tracks with her two babes in the back seat. The car was totaled yet they survived. She was one of the sweetest women I've ever known.

      Hmm. You don't think Monroe had a therapist? People still see DiMaggio as a hero. He was an abusive brute. Poor Norma Jean.

      Thanks for making me happy about Lulu again. :) And for setting me to right about Hartman, poor thing.

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    2. thank you I did not think of the other side of the coin you always give me another view on things ....

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    3. We communicate. Thoughts lead to other thoughts and memories, unless the coin has the same face on both sides. ;) So ditto. Thanks.

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