If you're not familiar with it, here's a synopisis of the first part of the movie from Wikipedia:
Young Carl Fredricksen is a shy, quiet boy who idolizes renowned explorer Charles F. Muntz. He is saddened to learn, however, that Muntz has been accused of fabricating the skeleton of a giant bird he had claimed to have discovered in Paradise Falls, South America. Muntz vows to return there to capture one alive. One day, Carl befriends an energetic and somewhat eccentric tomboy named Ellie, who is also a Muntz fan. She confides to Carl her desire to move her "clubhouse"—an abandoned house in the neighborhood—to a cliff overlooking Paradise Falls, making him promise to help her. Carl and Ellie eventually get married and grow old together in the restored house, working as a toy balloon vendor and a zookeeper, respectively. Unable to have children, they repeatedly pool their savings for a trip to Paradise Falls, but end up spending it on more pressing needs. An elderly Carl finally arranges for the trip, but Ellie suddenly becomes ill and dies, leaving him alone.
I think it was at this point in the movie where I was crying so hard that Hubby had to pause the film and console me before we could resume watching it. How children are expected to be able to cope with this movie is beyond me.
The reason that I've been thinking a lot about this movie is because we recently learned that we have to pay a large, unexpected expense. At first, we decided to do the "right" thing, and use the money that we had saved for our trip to Germany to pay said expense. I think I cried for a whole day when I realized that our trip to Germany would have to be delayed, or worse, cancelled. No lies, I was angry, overwhelmed, and beyond frustrated with life (as if that wasn't alreday apparent in my previous post). Then, the more Hubby and I talked about it, we realized that Germany was our "Paridise Falls". This is the trip that we've been pooling our savings for. The trip that we've promised ourselves we'd do. The trip that we'd been dreaming about for a couple years now.
If there's one lesson that we learned from this movie (don't kid yourself, there's ALWAYS a lesson buried in Disney movies) it's that we owe it to ourlseves to take this trip to