Some of my best memories of childhood come from the time that I spent with my nan; she was always happy to see us and would clutch us tightly to her ample bosom and kiss us hard all over the face. She was never afraid to demonstrate her love for us whenever she had the chance. She loved to spoil us with treats and trips to the local shopping centre for small gifts and even a visit to the delicatessen wasn't complete without a slice of good polish sausage in hand upon exit.
Everyday at nan's was an adventure, and she let us kids do pretty much whatever took our fancy, which was so very different to our regimented lifestyles at home. I can recall having extravagant baths with entire bottles of bubble bath poured into them - bubbles to the roof in the middle of day - anytime I wanted! She also let me snack on the good treats between meals, eat whatever I wanted from her garden (those poor strawberries never stood a chance) and no space was off limits. She took me with her to all of her friends houses and they were also really nice to me and I got play in their yards with their pets and I was always included in their coffee and conversations at the table. And, they were all really good cooks, so the food was always really delicious.
She taught me to love life, to live it to the full, to be comfortable in my skin and to never be afraid to show how I feel. She also taught me that small efforts yield big results and that it was okay to be noisy and silly and that dirty jokes were funny! We all certainly lost a lot when she left this life, she was a special very lady.
I miss you nan xxx
Release Date: 2014
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 115 mins
Based on Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir entitled Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, we follow one woman's solo hike over more than a thousand miles of deserted and difficult terrain in attempt to heal herself from a sketchy past.
Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) cannot deal with loss of her beloved mother (Laura Dern) and after years of reckless and dangerous behaviour that destroys her marriage; she decides to set off on an arduous journey in an attempt to heal her hurt and become the woman that her mother always wanted her to be.
This is an emotionally charged movie, filled with the best and the worst kinds of people. Witherspoon delivers a convincingly strong and touching performance, landing herself an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. Laura Dern follows suit gaining a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her delightful portrayal of a positive and carefree mother.
A wonderful story and definitely a worthy watch.
FINAL SAY: She was my first love.
4 Chili Peppers.