Saturday, March 20, 2010

Dory Time

I've been watching Finding Nemo with my Gorgeous Gal, and thinking about Dory. You know, the scatter-brained blue fish with the three second memory.

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Years ago, way before I had GG, my Mum and sister saw Finding Nemo with another young family member, and promptly started calling me Dory. I, having no idea what the hell they were on about, rolled my eyes and ignored them. Then, I watched the movie and realised that Dory was umm.. Dory. I would've been a bit miffed, and taken the issue up with them, but I got distracted by something shiny and then forgot all about it.

Watching the movie again though (actually, for about the millionth time), I have decided that being Dory is a good thing. I think she has a lot to teach us.

Like staying in the moment. Forget the bad stuff that's happened, heck, forget the good stuff in the past too. It's the past, gone. Just concentrate on here, and now.

Just keep swimming. Sometimes, that's all we can do. When life gets tough, and things have got you down, what can you do? Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. Keep going, and have faith that something better is just around the corner.

Take your joy where you can get it. Whether it's making a game out of escaping a jellyfish cloud, or riding the waves in a whale's mouth while waiting to find out of you're going to be eaten or not, grab every opportunity for fun. It just might be your last.

Dory also teaches us that it's good to be open to life's adventures. When Nemo's Dad tells her that he promised he'd "never let anything happen" to Nemo, Dory reminds him that "if you never let anything happen to him, then nothing will ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Nemo". Well, she gets his name wrong, but you get the idea. It's a fine line between giving your children protection and independence, but we need to remember that we can't keep our children in bubble wrap forever. Mainly because they couldn't breathe!

And of course, a second language is always handy. Even if it's whale.

Thhhaaaaaaaaaaaank yooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!



  1. Great post with some great thoughts there. Who knew you could get all that out of Nemo. Next time we have it on I'll remember this post. I think I needed to read this tonight.

    Thhhaaaaaaaaaaaank yooooooooooooooo!!!!!!! (My little boy loves this bit!!)

  2. Awwww, I've missed your positivity!
    Haven't had net in a while, so glad to be back online.
    I only have like 100 or so of your posts to catch up on now!
    BTW you got POP-U-LAAAAAR!

  3. I LOVE Dory.. LOVE her.. she is my favorite character in the whole movie..and I love your analogy of her.. dead on.. life happens sometimes we just have to keep swimming and move on

  4. I remember this one! It always amazed me how they worked these "life lessons" into cartoon movies. They do it exclusively for the parents of course!

  5. I love Dory! And I love your interpretation of it. Now, I've got to go see watch it again.

  6. Finding Nemo is one of my favs, too! Dori is done brilliantly by Ellen and makes the whole movie, as far as I'm concerned.

  7. You forgot a lesson!

    Through the whole movie, Dory "sucks" at things. She can't remember anything, so never accomplishes or achieves, or "gets it right"

    But in the end, when something REALLY matters, like finding Nemo, it all falls into place.

    Not only does she reunite Nemo and Marlin, but she also saves all the other fish!

    So no matter how long you try and fail, keep going, coz eventually, when it REALLY matters, you'll get there!

  8. I love Dory sad that I can totally relate to her (not having slept in 10 years makes your memory kinda hazy).

    Live in the moment, enjoy!

  9. Epskee - that's the best lesson of them all!! Can't believe I didn't see it... Well done you.


    We watched Nemo on TV last night. Why? I don't know because we have the DVD and watch is every other day anyhow!!


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