One of the reasons I like Netflix is that I can choose what movies I want to order for our co-sleeping Movie Nights here. The kids also choose movies they would like to see and add them to our list on Netflix so we generally alternative choices between members. Today we received the first out of 8 discs for Roots which none of my kids including our adult daughter has ever seen. I remember coming home from school and watching roots as a kid myself and wanted to share this rich movie of slavery with my kids.
During the day it was a fairly uneventful day of playing games whether it was computer, video or board games. We ran the store to get a couple of things; I did some deep cleaning of me and hubby’s bedroom and some picking up in other rooms. My son asked me a couple of times if I needed help but I graciously turned it down today. Our daughter did quite a bit of playing with her stuffed and watching more webkinz YouTube videos on the computer.
After a dinner, we watched a show on television, I can not remember the name of it unfortunately but it was a cooking competition show. What was really cool about this was that it was teenagers competing for an $80,000 scholarship for culinary school. They were amazing for their ages and what they cooked was phenomenal! Each one should have been really proud for what they were doing. It was really something to see how talented these kids were including a homeschooled teenager.
Around 10pm we all made our bed rolls on the living room floor and put in the first disc of Roots I had received from Netflix. The first disc basically shows the birth of Kunta Kinte and when he has his coming of age ceremony at 15 to become a man. From there he gets captured and is enduring the inhumane conditions of the slave ships below deck en-route to America. The first disc ends with him still on the ship, watching others die from the poor conditions.
It really is a great historical movie and I am glad to be sharing this with my children. We have watched many movies that display life in inner cities that are not glorified and prettied up, but not too many on the treatment and life as a slave. The kids seemed to really enjoy it so it made for a great Movie Night where we all crashed after it was over. It was a great way to end a beautiful day with the family.