It all started with BabelBabe's post about the book "Daddy-Long-Legs." I still have my worn copy of the book, dating back to when I was 11 years old, and as I take it down from the shelf I am overwhelmed with happiness and surprise - it's so familiar and yet so foreign. I suppose that's the beauty of having a happy childhood, plus a mother who saves everything...just in case Eleanor may want to look at it again one day. I suppose that's also the beauty of blogging - coming across a post written by someone you have never met who feels exactly the way you do about a book from your (and her) childhood.
BabelBabe wrote in her post about how many of her favourite childhood books involved orphans, and that's what reminded me of that film. Yes. That film which is still my all-time favourite film just because I was exactly the right age, and exactly the right girl to love exactly that film at that exact time. I am putting this out there on the off chance that any one of you might have also watched and loved "International Velvet". Not "National Velvet" with Elizabeth Taylor...NO.... but INternational velvet with Tatum O'Neal, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Hopkins and Nanette Newmann. You see...Tatum is "Sarah" whose parents are killed in a plane accident (an orphan!), so she must travel from Arizona to England to live with her Aunt and Uncle. They have a beautiful home in Devon (I think), near the beach and near green fields and beautiful rolling hills, and her Aunt is Velvet from "National Velvet" who still has her beloved horse "The Pie."
Um...ok...I'll stop now...suffice to say Anthony Hopkins comes into the picture and trains Sarah to win an Olympic Gold on "Arizona Pie." I watched that movie so many times, and I cried so many many tears that EVEN TODAY whenever my mother serves pie for dessert my entire family yells out "It's the pie!! It's the pie!!" and then they pretend to cry into their serviettes. No respect.
So here is a clip which I discovered on youtube, just in case any of you out there are still reading this post....