Saturday, May 31, 2014

My Fair Lady

We are watching "My Fair Lady" on station TCM this evening. It brings back many memories. Elaine reminds me that we have a VCR tape of the movie along with many others that we haven't looked at for years. This version is of the 1964 Academy Award  winning movie staring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. The story was based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion which opened on Broadway in 1956 starring Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison and had a long run. We had been back to Washington, D.C. only a couple years when the Movie came out in '64. Our 4 kids ranged in age from 9-14 and really enjoyed the movie as we all did. This was a traumatic time in D.C. following the assassination of JFK and a movie like this helped to raise the morale. It was also a critical time in our lives with Elaine undergoing a hysterectomy, the kids finding themselves in new schools, meeting new friends and my taking college courses as well as adapting to a new job. Our finances were very limited and it was a major decision to  attend the movie with the family. But it was well worth it in getting us through some difficult days. Retirement is so easy in comparison to those times but they were some of the best years of our lives. 

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