So read my Evite invitation from my sister-in-law, Kat.
My entire family saw Mamma Mia over the summer and just loved it. Even my brother (who likes musicals) saw it at least three times in the theater. I never got around to seeing it. Evidently I am not alone and Kat knew some other people that had not experienced the ‘awesomeness’ of it. So she decided to throw a Mamma Mia party and basically invented the word, ‘awesomeness’ to describe the movie.
I was really excited to watch the movie at the party, eat the yummy Greek food we are bringing (the movie takes place on a Greek Island), and of course break out my Dancing Queen moves. I was going to save the ‘awesomeness’ for the party, which is on Saturday.
Then my sister, Mara, started telling me how much my niece Maelin, (who is 21 months) loves the movie. She even has her favorite songs. She dances to the songs. If she wants to hear the songs, she starts asking for “Mia, Mia.” Mara said my boys would love it, but I had my doubts.
On Christmas Eve, they brought over the DVD to my aunt’s house, and it was the funniest thing. Three little kids- ages 4, 2, and 1, were totally mesmerized by Mamma Mia. They should have been wound up and bouncing off the walls- after all in a few hours Santa was coming. But they just wanted to watch the songs over, and over, and over.
A week later my mom sent the Ryan and Cole the DVD which came with a CD. I had to break down and finally watch the movie with them one night, and then I understood the ‘awesomeness’ that is Mamma Mia. I will never doubt again. (I don’t want to give anything away in case you haven’t seen it,) but it is such a fun, and upbeat movie. The music is great. All the songs are from ABBA. I also loved that fact that the main character, Sophie, who is 20, is not decked out in a ton of make-up, and neither is Meryl Streep, who plays her mother. They look very natural which I think is a wonderful thing to see in a movie these days.
That was about a month ago and Ryan and Cole ask to watch Mamma Mia EVERY day. I’m not joking. I don’t let them, but it has become a great motivator. It goes like this (if you haven’t seen the movie, some of this may be lost on you, but if you watch it come back and read this, and it will all make sense):
Ryan: Mommy, can we watch Mamma Mia- Coley wants to watch Super Trooper.
Cole: No! I want to watch the Summer song.
Ryan: After Honey, Honey, Cole- remember?
Cole: Oh yeah. Honey, Honey Mommy.
Ryan: Okay Mom, I think we will just watch it from the begining.
Mommy (me-expecting an argument and tears): I ‘ll tell you what. You can watch Mamma Mia if you pick up the toys in your play room.
Ryan and Cole (as they eagerly run to their playroom): Okay, we’ll be back in a minute. You get the DVD ready- Yay! We get to watch Mamma Mia!
I keep waiting for the ‘awesomeness’ to wear off, but it is going just as strong today as the day they first saw it. Kat was really on to something.
I am still looking forward to the party, but since I have watched the movie and have heard it in the background almost every day for a month, I can have fun without having to worry about missing any of the movie. I can laugh, eat, talk, enjoy some good wine with good friends, and know exactly when Dancing Queen is on. ‘Awesomeness’ at its best.
P.S. We have not listened to another CD in the car since the day it arrived. I think the songs will be permanently etched in my brain- but at least it isn’t Barney over and over again.