E.T. said Let it Be.
I was 11 maybe, my family and i went to the matinee, because it was affordable, but i never felt like i was being cheated. we had seen star wars several years earlier under the same conditions. empire strikes back, too. and raiders of the lost ark. harrison ford to this day is my fantasy lover. but i digress.
E.T. had me from the beginning. it was mysterious and other-worldly. but it was really human. it was about love. it was about loss of innocence. it was about children knowing better than adults and the government being fucked up. it was about relationships and loyalty. it is about how sometimes, the human spirit soars and breaks the rules. and it is about letting go of something you love for its benefit.
i remember, going to McDonald's in the mall afterward to eat. it was a different time, america was not yet a fast food nation. going to get a coke and some fries was a treat. but i couldn't eat. i couldn't eat. i was still crying at the movie. i was in a pinkish dress, which maybe explains my utter disdain for that color. i was so brokenhearted that elliot and E.T. had to part ways. i lied to my parents and told them i felt sick and could not eat what they ordered. i guess it was not a lie, because i was upset. i just couldn't communicate what the film had done to me.
i was a kid. that movie gave some lessons i still have not accepted. life is beautiful and life is drenched in loss. the buddha teaches how to let it be. i think the beatles taught that too. i still have not figured it out. how to let it be.