Topic: "Mickey and Me"(6)
He was born on Mother's Day. Our eyes met for the first time in the garage where he lived with his Mother, and one remaining sibling. He walked up to Frodo and promptly sat down on his foot. Sam said, "Well young man, it looks as if the decision has been made."
Frodo has been known to recommend movies, songs, books, but he has never before taken keyboard in hand in order to warn others away from something that he truly did enjoy. The movie "Marley and Me" was viewed in the Shire last evening. Frodo and Sam were joined by Fiona and Mick, the Wonder Dog, in an assembly of eight eyes at various levels of intensity as the light shadows danced upon the screen. Jennifer Aniston, late of the cognomen Pitt, was Frodo's initial interest in the flick, and her performance of Post-Partum Depression was too real to be accepted with comfort. Alan Arkin and Kathleen Turner both supplied supporting roles, but Frodo was concentrating on the characters in the title. Frodo noticed that Mick, the Wonder Dog, moved restleely as he watched the screen at the familiar foot of Frodo.
Perhaps it started with "Old Yeller," but every dog movie that contains the demise of the canine hero has been constructed around an act of violence. Not so with "Marley and Me," and that is what made the movie special for last night's attendees. The movie encompasses the writing career of the protagonist, and the dog who joined the happy newly-wed couple. The story includes the birth of children, and reaches beyond the 40th birthday of the one who plays "Me." Age is the enemy of relationships such as these, and it is that necessary, but humane, end, which brought sobs from Sam and an open look upon the soul of Frodo for all the world to see.
When the movie concluded, Frodo set about the nightly plan for liquid waste removal for the groggy Fiona, and Mick, the Wonder Dog. Two tarried, as if they needed a few moments together, simply to let each other know that they felt the same way. Both have some arthritis and dead sprints across the gardens are a thing of the past for them both. The moment concluded only after he walked up to Frodo and respectfully sat down on his foot.
Frodo has had a little brother for thirteen years now, and in each of those days he has known just how important he is, and that there is one who appears to enjoy what he has to say. He is, indeed, a wonder.