This movie had touched something deep inside me. Mainly because it’s about the relationship of a mother and a daughter. I can empathize with the way Elinor felt after Merida stormed out of the room when they were fighting.
Like Elinor, I treat Elle harshly when in anger, one too many times. 🙁
Like Elinor, I regret what I did, regret how the situation got out of hand, regret how nothing was resolved.
Like Elinor, I cry, consumed with guilt and worry.
Brave movie is a reminder for me that communication is very vital in my relationship with my children. In any relationship, actually. I wouldn’t want to turn into a bear before realizing that!
I get that Elinor wants to guide Merida into her role and responsibility as a princess whom their clan looks up to. But, the way she was doing it made Merida feel suffocated. It’s like the mum was fitting her daughter into a mold where Merida doesn’t belong, the mold that is Elinor. Thus, a power struggle that I am familiar with ensued.
Let Brave movie be an example for me to:
- Cherish the happy and playful times with each of my children, especially now while they are little.
- Gently and firmly guide them to be responsible, caring and God-fearing (I sure need God’s help with this!)
- Keep communication lines with them open, explaining why certain rules need to be followed
- Encourage their talents, accept that their dreams are different from mine
- Let not pride get into the way when we disagree so the bond will not be broken
Fate be changed, look inside.
Mend the bond, torn by pride.