The boys and I spent this cool rainy day watching the almost 3-hour Fellowship of the Ring. It's the third time we have started it, but this time we made it all the way through (other attempts were made much later in the evening).
They had been reminded that they would like to watch the movies, with all the recent Lego sets that have come out. Otto has quite a few on his upcoming birthday list.
Otto interrupted the scene when Frodo tells Gandalf:
"I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had ever happened."
Otto wanted me to pause so he could say, "It doesn't really matter if you wish it had happened or not, because now it has already happened." We discussed this thought, elaborating that if you break your leg, you can wish you hadn't done it, but the fact is that you've done it, and it doesn't help anything to wish you hadn't, and now it's time to figure out what you will do to go on. And other such examples. And then we pushed play, and Gandalf said this:
"So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."
We stopped again to remark how funny it was that Gandalf said almost the same thing that Otto had just said. But then Max said, "Only Otto doesn't sound as wise."
I think, though, that Otto is pretty darn wise for an almost 8 year old.
While the credits were still rolling on the screen, Otto came into the office and got onto the Lego site to find that they are releasing a Lord of the Rings video game. I love when these things happen, when things overlap, making so many layers, adding to their enthusiasm.
And this is just on the heels of another Lego video game that has them extremely excited...