Sunday, December 13, 2015
Back when she was five, my daughter, who has always been oddly spiritual, composed a song called "God Loves The World"
If you listen closely you can hear my son slurping on a smoothie in the background. Here's the lyrics to her song:
Turn bad guys into good guys
My daughter is now eight, and yesterday we were watching the classic 1962 film version of To Kill a Mocking Bird. There was a scene in which Atticus Finch deals with a hostile old woman named Mrs. Dubose. You can watch the clip below, followed by a transcript from the screenplay,
Her hands dug into the pockets of her overalls, Scout moseys past the house of an old lady sitting on a rocking chair on her front porch, and calls out a greeting,
"Hey, Mrs. Dubose."Mrs. Dubose snarls back in a shrill voice,
"Don’t you say 'hey' to me, you ugly girl. You say 'good afternoon, Mrs. Dubose'. You come over here when I’m talking to you! Don’t your daddy teach you to respect old people? You come back here!"Scout meets her father Atticus coming down the sidewalk and runs to him. Approaching Mrs. Debose, he gracefully removes his hat and addresses her, Scout hiding behind him.
"Good afternoon, Mrs. Dubose. You look like a picture this afternoon. My goodness gracious, look at your flowers. Did you ever see anything more beautiful? Mrs. Dubose, the gardens at Bellingrath have nothing to compare with your flowers."
Clearly thrown, Mrs. Dubose replies meekly,
"Oh, I don’t think they’re as nice as they were last year."Atticus answers,
"I can’t agree with you. I think your yard is going to be the show place of the town. Grand seeing you, Mrs. Dubose"Atticus then lifts his hat to her, and continues down the street. Mrs. Debose is left speechless.
"Did you see how he turned a bad guy into a good guy just now?... Or at least he turned an angry yelling lady into a quiet one."
My daughter smiled and nodded.
"How did he do that?" I asked.
"With good" she answered.
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