Not sure if this would EVER come across as more than a “WTF?” type of moment, but I have held a confession for over 20 years. Most kids would have been scared of Freddy Krueger (don’t get me wrong. Uncle Freddy is not exactly babysitting material), or even the part in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video where he turns into a werewolf (admit if, folks. You got a little spooked). NOPE. Not I! My trauma had to come from everyone’s favorite T-Bird, Pink Lady lovin’ movie GREASE.
In the opening of the movie, the signature “Paramount” mountain appears and then the orchestrated violins begin to play while the the sea splashes against the rocks on the side. THEN the choir opens up with “The Sound Of Music” lyrics. By the time you could say, “Hey, where is she running to?” my 5 year old self stuffed in a sleeper onsie (with the feet, thankyouverymuch), was already in the bathroom, covering my ears and hoping that somebody will come to find me and let me know the “song” was over.
To this day, now that I have a 5 year daughter of my own who ADORES this movie, I still cringe at the opening sequence. This time, though, I’m not running into the bathroom, screaming “TURN IT OFF!!!!“
My therapist is so happy about my progress.
Hopelessly devoted to you,