Letters to my Sister in Japan — Day 58

Dear Sister,

“Holy Moly!” did I just watch a great movie. Have you seen Moonlight yet? I don’t know how you feel about coming-of-age, slice-of-life, identity treatises, but I was genuinely blown away. It wasn’t a perfect movie in the slightest, but there were quite a few surprises and interesting story choices that made it feel unique and interesting.

Aside from watching a slew of good movies this week, one interesting thing that happened today was that I received a text from your niece. She asked if I was okay, and how I was doing, etc etc. It’s honestly the cutest thing in the world, and I can’t help but think of whether or not I would text you, or anyone else in the family, if I was 8 or 9 years old.

8 or 9 is nearing the point of no-return, when you really think about it. In the coming years, she’ll be growing up and becoming rebellious, and her cute little gestures will be less and less common. I rarely get to see my nieces and nephews so it’s now or never if I want to be a good Uncle and contribute to the memories that will stick with them forever.

When I was 9, I had already watched a fair amount of rated PG-13 and R movies with you, my parents, and the others. I remember watching Private Parts with my mom, and her telling me to close my eyes for the entirety of the first half. I honestly don’t even know why I stayed in the same room even though I wasn’t allowed to watch or hear anything from the movie. But regardless, that’s still a fond memory.

I don’t think I’ll have the opportunity to watch mature movies with the kids and tell them to close their eyes, or answer their random questions. I truly want to, though. When I think of the lame 70s/80s horror movies that my nieces are probably forced to watch, I roll my eyes. By the time I hit 7, I had already watched all of Cinema Paradiso and I discovered that I carried a deep affinity for picaresque narratives and I relate all too well with the protagonists of such films. I don’t think my nieces would appreciate a film like Stand By Me, but why not attempt to expose them to more art?

Going back to Moonlight one last time, the film is really growing on me the more I think about it. Like I said, I’m a sucker for life-stories, and as the film entered its third act, I was preparing myself for something tragic to happen and cry. I don’t want to spoil too much, but I was really surprised to see the main character forgive and accept the actions of those that hurt him so easily. These days, everything I encounter challenges how I process and deal with my own mistakes, I can’t help but worry and think about how others live with theirs.

Anywho, I love you very much, and hopefully we’ll get to talk soon.


Your Little Brother

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