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May 11, 2021

Go See "Young@Heart"!

Young_at_heartWhat a wonderful Mother's Day gift I received! Randy and Matt took me to see "Young@Heart," and it felt like a full-body workout. I laughed, I cried and I was glad I wasn't watching it at home in the den. This felt more like a community event.

The theater was packed with people ages 10 to 80, and we were all so involved in the movie, everyone was silent. (When's the last time that happened at the movies?) OK, we were silent when we weren't laughing or stomping our feet. But there were a lot of silent tears, too. Check out the trailer. Then grab your kids (over about age 10), grab your parents and GO!

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I saw the add in the paper and just turned the page. After reading your blog and seeing the trailer....I'm going! Looks great!
Kathy, your blog always has something interesting! Thanks!

Ellen, you won't regret it. I promise. I'm still thinking about it a day later. Some of the folks in the movie will really stick with you! Can't wait to hear your review. Please come back and share it with us.

Hi all,

I got to thinking about why I was so drawn to the people featured in this wonderful documentary.

In short, they inspire me, and I can think of nothing better than to be that gutsy, feisty and just plain brave when I'm 80-something. Clearly, being a part of this group added life to their years.

A couple of years ago, I took a comedy improv class through our local adult-ed school, and I saw a similar thing going on there. When we were performing, having a ball and living in the moment, it didn't matter how old anyone was. In fact, some of the senior members of the group were some of the least-inhibited and the best at improv.

It didn't mean they didn't have aches and pains, or that they were able to do everything that they physically wanted to do in an improv sketch. But it didn't matter to them and it didn't matter to the audience. It was just so energizing to be in that room with them.

Yes, it was incredibly sad that the group in Young@Heart had heartbreaking moments over the loss of some of their members. But they also had the comfort of knowing that each of those people was doing what he or she absolutely loved to do, right up until the end.

Could any of us ask for more from life?

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