February 08, 2009

Ratatouille Sunday

In our home, we try to reserve Sunday for Church and good, Sabbath day appropriate activities, wholesome family togetherness, etc. Some weeks we do really well and most... well, we're working on it. One of the areas we struggle with the most is what shows are or aren't appropriate to watch. What we've landed on over the years is to try to limit the television to shows that have some tie to the Savior or His teachings. Church movies? Great. Disney channel? Not so great.

As our kids have gotten older, they've tried to push the envelope in an effort to broaden the definition of "Sunday appropriate" shows. Today they approached us with a desire to watch "Ratatouille," one of my all time favorite movies. If you haven't seen it by now (and I'm sure most of you have) it's a great show about a rat (Remi) with amazing culinary abilities who helps a bumbling young man (Linguini) become a chef and in turn Linguini helps Remi fulfill his passion for cooking. I told the kids that if they could tell me 3 ways the movie tied into the Gospel, I would let them watch it. Here are their lists, word for word:

1. Remi chooses only the good food, but the other rats eat anything they can. In life, we should choose only the good things.
2. Linguini is like heavenly Father to Remi because he helps him to do what he wants to do.
3. Remi is like the Holy Ghost because he gently pulls on Linguini's hair to guide him. He never squeals.

1. As soon as Remi finds the best thing in life (the food), he decides to share it with everyone.
2. Chef Gusteau's spirit was helping Remi find his dreams, just like the Holy Ghost can help us in our lives.
3. At the end of the movie, the critic learns that everyone deserves a second chance. He also learned that you shouldn't be so quick to judge.

We were so impressed with their lists that of course we had to say yes. Ok, maybe we would have said yes anyway, but the exercise was well worth it.