As I mentioned yesterday, I was out of college before I finally had the time and energy to read Gone With the Wind from cover to cover. Not that I had’t tried to read it a few times before then. And I am so glad I finally did make it to the end. At that time once I started reading it I didn’t want to put it down. I would love to do it again, but I have to find the time and energy again. Hopefully within the next year I can make that happen again. My love of all things Gone With the Wind extended into research papers in high school about Margret Mitchell annd one year for vacation, Atlanta so I could go to the Margret Mitchell house. As for sequals to Gone With the Wind don’t get me started on them. Granted there have not been many, two that I am aware of. I have had this discussion with my friend before, I really don’t feel like the book Scarlett is how the great Scarlett O’Hara would pick up and move on after the love of her life Rhett Butler walked out on her, especially after she just finally realized he was the love of her life. And Rhett Butler would never and I mean never marry another woman. Now Rhett Butler’s People I found that a little more believeable. To me Gone With the Wind will always be one of my favorite books and Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara will always be one of my favorite literary couples. Not to mention Rhett Butler has given me false hope for finding the perfect man.
When it comes to Gone With the Wind it makes more sence to start with the movie since I saw it before I read the book. I will never forget the first time I saw the movie Gone With the Wind (if I have shared this story with you before sorry). I was probably in the sixth or seven grade. By this point in my life I had heard about this epic movie called Gone With the Wind but that was it. One night while flipping channels at home with my mom, I discovered it was one tv, and it had just really started, it was net yet to the scene where Rhett is standing at the bottom of the staris staring up at Scarlett. I was told if I wanted to watch it I had to go upstairs to watch it, and since I did not have cable in my room at this time I had to go to my parents room to watch it. I was a goner the first time I saw Rhett Butler standing there at the bottom of the stairs. My mom came later in the movie, I am sure expecting to find me asleep, but I was not my eyes were glued to Rhett Butler and Gone With the Wind. And I can still remember to this day her asking my in shock “are you still watching this?” and my answer being “I love this movie. It wasn’t until I finished college that I was finally able to find the time and attention needed to read the book and learn that the movie and book had a lot of differences. More on the book tomorrow. I think Gone With the Wind is one of those classics that does not get enough air time and part of me wishes in this age of remakes that someone would remake Gone With the Wind but another part of me does not because I know it would not be as good as the original. There will never be another man who could play Rhett Butler like Clark Gable did.
1) The Kids of Course
2) The Outer Banks
3) Disney World
4) Gone With The Wind
5) Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
20 Facts about Me…
1) I am a hopeless romantic
2) I am still looking for my Mr. Right
3) I love to bake
4) I am starting to love to cook
5) I am a Food Network Junkie
6) The Pioneer Woman is my favorite Food Network Show
7) My favorite vacation spot is the Outer Banks of NC; especially the town of Corolla
8) Surprisingly I love Disney World more now as an adult then I did when I was a kid
9) I enjoy all things southern
10) Gone With the Wind is my favorite book and movie
11) When I was a child my favorite movie was Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
12) Two Cities I would love to spend more time exploring are New Orleans and Savannah, there is just something about them that has drawn me in
13) I am a huge Civil War buff
14) I still love sending post cards from vacation, especially to the kids, and I still write thank you notes
15) I love Vera Bradley bags; even my luggage is Vera Bradley. I have been known to have a least 25 pieces of Vera Bradley with me on one trip. Of course I am in seventh heaven now that there are Disney Vera Bradley’s! (I even have Vera Bradley stickers on my laptop.)
16) I love crime shows: Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, & Castle are probably my top three
17) I love to take pictures and make things out of the pictures I take
18) Pink is my favorite color
19) I love spoiling the kids
20) I love old antebellum homes
Earlier this year I took over creating the monthly newsletter where I work. One of the features each month, probably the most popular part, is have usually two people answer a set of questions so we can get to know them a little better. I have answered these same questions on here before (March 2013 I think it was) but I changed the questions up a bit when I took over, so here is the updated version.
1. What is your favorite movie? Gone With the Wind & Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
2. If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would do? Family Trip to Disney World and then a trip to New Orleans
3. If you were given $10,000 to donate to any charity, which one would you choose and why? The Victory Junction Gang Camp, they make it possible for kids who would not usually be able to go to camp due to illness actually be able to attend camp
4. If you could visit one place where would it be? The Hamptons
5. Name one person (living or deceased) that you wish you could meet (or could have met). My grandpa (my dad’s dad) he died when my dad was only 16 and I think we would have had a lot in common.
6. Do you have any hidden talents? No
7. If you could learn to do anything what, what would it be? Not be afraid to try new things and to live life more
8. If you could live in any time period, what would it be? Antebellum South (just for the homes and dresses)
9. Do you have any pets? If so what kind? Yes, one dog a mix but he looks like a black lab, is name is RP, which is short for Rolly Polly
10. Who or what inspires you? My family
This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the movie Gone With The Wind. As I have mentioned many times before, that is one of my all time favorite movies. I will never forget the first time I watched it. I was memorized! And that scene where you see Rhett for the first time, where he sees Scarlet from the bottom of the steps at the bar-b-que, that was when I feel in love with Rhett Butler. A few weeks ago they were showing Gone with the Wind in the theaters for a special two day/night event. I would have loved to have gone to see it on the big screen but I could not find anybody to go with me. But I did purchase the 75th Anniversary Box Set and there is a Life book I would love to get! I am all about Gone with the Wind! I may have to watch it this weekend now! It’s hard to believe that movie has been around for 75 years, it is such a classic.
In the spirit of Independence Day tomorrow my favorite thing is my country, the great USA. I love a lot of things about this country. I love that we have places like the Outer Banks, Disney World, and the Blacks Hills and that we can travel to them. I love that we have National Parks like Yellowstone, the Badlands, and the Smokey Mountains. I love that we have shows like Castle, Criminal Minds, and Duck Dynasty. I love that we have Mickey Mouse. I love that we have a history even if it’s not all good. I love that we have movies like Gone With The Wind, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, and Sleeping Beauty. I love that we have the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music, and NASCAR. I love that we are free. I am thankful for the brave men and woman who help protect this great nation. I could go on and on with the things I love about this country but I will stop there. I am proud to be an American and I will show my love for country tomorrow. Happy 4th of July to all my readers. Thank you for reading.