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American Sniper

This movie is one of those movies that I will be thinking about for days. I don’t go to the movies that often. I prefer to wait and watch them in the comfort of my own home. But this one seemed important and I really wanted to see it and not wait so I did. It’s a true story, which I knew going into it but I had no idea how it ended. You should probably stop reading if you don’t want spoilers.

Ok.  Everyone gone now?

I had no idea how the movie would end. At one point, I thought he was going to die in a massive firefight that they were having and I said to my husband, “I’ll be so annoyed if this is how it ends.” The truth was, the actual ending was far worse.  I can’t believe that he survived and overcame all that he had encountered to be killed the way he was. I find it so traumatizing as a wife and mother. Just when they thought they had the rest of their lives to be happy, it turns out that it was only one more day.

I suppose the truth is, none of know when that last day is going to be. None of us know the last time we will say good bye, or I love you to our loved ones. It’s one reason why I always tell mine that I love him as he’s walking out the door. I want to live to be old with this man, but you never know.

Of course, in the case of this movie, the ending was so tragic that in the end it was a soldier, someone he was helping that did him in.  Also, I felt like this was something that I should have seen in the news, but I can’t recall ever hearing about it.

The movie was so well done. I usually say that when it’s a movie that stays with me afterwards. This one has. This one will for some time to come.

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After owning this book for several years, I had heard that they had made a movie of it and that Julianne Moore was in the starring role. I am a fan of hers and thought it was finally time to read this book as I’ve heard great things about it. After reading it, I can say that this book is definitely underrated. It touched me in a way that most books don’t. Maybe because I’m not that much younger than Alice, or maybe because my Aunt just lost her father (not my grandfather) to Alzheimer’s, this novel really just resonated with me.

The book goes through Alice’s life month by month and you witness her deterioration happen month  by month. You realize, as does Alice, that this is happening quickly. And you also realize, that unbelievably, there is no way to stop or stem the disease. At one point, the character and myself have the same thought. This is worse than cancer.

It’s no secret I love to read, and when Alice had to stop reading because she forgot the plot lines and characters in the book I really felt her pain and her sorrow.  At one point, towards the end of the book when her husband was being so selfish I actually started crying. I was laying in our hammock outside with my husband enjoying a balmy South Florida winter afternoon and just started tearing up. I couldn’t believe having to go through that and then the man that was/is supposed to stand by you want to completely upend the last remnants of your life because of his own selfish needs. I looked at my husband and asked him would he take care of me even if I got Alzheimer’s and forgot who he was. I asked him to promise to remember our love even if I couldn’t. Laying in our hammock, reading this book, my spouse and I shared a very loving and tender moment.  Not many books can bring that to a person. You know you’ve got a good book when one does.

Let me say, I don’t have Alzheimer’s nor has any of my immediate family members gotten it. I’m just saying that Lisa Genova was able to make me connect with Alice and imagine the horrible possibility.  I’m glad I read it before I saw the movie, as I am with most books, because now I know to be sure to bring some Kleenex with me when I do watch.

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