Reid has an effective conversation starter. Whether in the hot tub at our neighborhood pool, on the church patio, or a line at the bank, it works like a charm to engage friends, strangers and countrymen.
"What is your favorite movie of all time?" he inquires with characteristic enthusiasm.
Some struggle with the superlative, but everyone seems able to spout off at least a multiple choice of three or so. Then there is common ground. Reid walks away with something new to search for at the thrift store, his horizons stretched. His conversational counterpart pleased by the meaningful exchange.
Embracing the movie obsession as I write my book, The Poppins Revelation, I've compiled a Top 10 Movies of All Time list for each member of our family. It can be telling. What are yours? Can you accurately name those of your spouse? Of your kids? Endless dinner conversation ensues...(and fodder for future Friday movie nights)
1. Mary Poppins 2. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 3. Swiss Family Robinson 4. Singin' in the Rain 5. Melody Time 6. Peter Pan 7. Old Yeller 8. Mulan 9. American in Paris 10. The Jungle Book
1. National Velvet 2. Count of Monte Cristo 3. Swiss Family Robinson 4. Bourne Supremacy 5. Shawshank Redemption 6. The Notebook 7. Gladiator 8. A Walk to Remember 9. Sleepless in Seattle 10. Inception