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A Trippy Fathers’ Day Post, Man

16 Jun

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Way back in the early 2000’s, I greeted with great trepidation and fear the news that Tim Burton was going to be remaking Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The original had its flaws, of course, but I loved it, and I didn’t think I had room in my life for another Willy Wonka.  Gene Wilder WAS Willy Wonka for me. End of story.

When I begrudgingly saw Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005, I didn’t see a remake. I didn’t see a movie I had seen hundreds of times before. I hardly recognized Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka , but I LOVED HIM.  I saw this movie as a totally different entity, and I found I had more than enough room for both Willy Wonkas in my heart and my life.

Why in the hell am I going on about Willy Wonka and calling it a fathers’ day post?  Besides the fact that obviously I need to up my meds and/or eat some chocolate, I started thinking about these films as a metaphor for the way I feel about  my late father and Joe, the man in my mom’s life, and all of ours,  for the past many years.

My dad is my dad. Nobody is going to replace my dad in my life. I share stories about him with the boys and we all laugh about them because he was a true one of a kind.  He will always be my dad and even though they never met him, he will always be my boys’ Pop Pop.

Joe is my boys’ Poppa. He has stepped into the role of their grandfather and as my step dad, whether he wanted it or not (I hope he wanted it because there is no backing out now). His family became our family and ours became his. He is a true one of a kind as well.

My life is brighter and more colorful thanks to crazy men I have known in my childhood and adulthood. I’ll let you decide if I’m talking about the movies here or Dad and Joe.

I love you Dad and I love you Joe, and Wonkas’, thanks for letting me into your factories. They are groovy and I adore both of them.

 

Pure imagination from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Hold your breath
Make a wish
Count to three

Come with me
And you’ll be
In a world of
Pure imagination
Take a look
And you’ll see
Into your imagination

We’ll begin
With a spin
Traveling in
The world of my creation
What we’ll see
Will defy
Explanation

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There’s nothing
To it

There is no
Life I know
To compare with
Pure imagination
Living there
You’ll be free
If you truly wish to be

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There’s nothing
To it

There is no
Life I know
To compare with
Pure imagination
Living there
You’ll be free
If you truly
Wish to be

*Picture credit timewithtom.com

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