This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Disney/Pixar and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
When we moved with my parents into our grandparent’s home when I was 10 years old, I didn’t realize it at the time, but my grandparents really impacted my life. Living with my parents and grandparents all under one roof was such an incredible experience for me as a child. The family closeness and bonding that I experienced has influenced the way that I parent my own children. I grew up with the mindset that family comes first. Both my grandparents and parents had a strong sense of family unity and pride. And all of that was a unique legacy that carries on with my own family today. In the Disney/Pixar’s movie Coco, the young boy Miguel says that family is the most important thing and that family is what really matters. I believe that is the mindset that was instilled in me when I was little and something I want to instill in my children.
Coco got me thinking a lot about my family and the family that came before me that is no longer here. It made me remember the struggles we had growing up and how different everyone was. Just because we were family didn’t mean that we were all the same with the same dreams and wants, but it’s because we are family that we can work through any struggles or conflicts that we did have. In Coco, Miguel grows up in a family of shoemakers, a tradition he is supposed to carry on, but his true love of music is a conflict for him because his family has banned music. In the movie, Miguel tries to come to balance with his conflict of love for his family and his love for music.
Even though my grandparents are no longer here, I still cherish the moments we had together. I was little when my maternal grandma passed away, but I remember her so vividly. We had the same hands – I still remember her hands and she always used to tell me that we had the same hands. They are long and skinny and even now the one thing I remember about her is her soft hands with long and skinny fingers. 🙂 This brings me to something else I remember about them. They saw the importance of documenting life. We couldn’t go anywhere without my grandfather holding a camera, and then my dad was the exact same way. We have so many videos and photos of us from when we were little. I even have photo albums of my parents from when they had first met. All of them passed down to my siblings and I. These photos are priceless! It really has inspired me to document my own famiy’s memories so that I have something to pass down to my own kids.
By the end of Coco, I had cried a few times and was thinking about a lot about my family and the memories we made when I was younger. My grandparents and my father are no longer here anymore, but neither they, nor the impact they had on my life will ever be forgotten.
I love that Disney/Pixar has made such an amazing, beautiful movie about family and one with such great music themed around my culture. The song “Remember Me” is so beautiful when it’s sung acoustically like it is in the movie. I have so many favorite parts in the movie, but that part really gets me.
Have you seen it yet?? If so, what are your thoughts on the film? Has it impacted you in any way? Academy Award Nominee Coco is available on Digital & Movies Anywhere Feb 13 and Blu-ray Feb 27 so be sure to plan your next family movie night!
You can also find the movie at http://movies.disney.com/coco