Last weekend, Smitty came over. We hadn’t seen each other in a few weeks, and we had a lot to catch up on. She asked me an interesting question, one that stuck in my mind, asking over and over, until I finally had an answer.

She asked me, “What movie has truly impacted you?”

The first movie she thought of when she was asked that question was Contact. I can’t remember watching that entire movie, but I know it has some pretty deep questions and implications. So that didn’t seem strange to me.

What was strange was the fact that I just couldn’t think of a movie that’s impacted me. I like a lot of movies. I think I’ve watched a lot of movies. And I’m pretty sensitive, so I feel like I’m affected by a lot of things I watch (and read and hear and . . . well, you get the picture).

But I didn’t have an answer to her question.

The answer came the next morning, as I was driving to meet my cousin for the scrapbook retreat. And I think Smitty will like it, especially because she’s also a “scene” person.

The movie scene that impacted me – and still does – is the scene in Hook where one of the Lost Boys examines Peter, staring at and touching his face until finally, he recognizes his friend.

And he breathes, “Ohhhh. There you are, Peter.”

I don’t know what it is about that scene that gets me. But it gets me every time. I suppose it’s the notion that no matter where you go or what you do, the real you is still somewhere inside.

So now it’s your turn: What movie (or scene) has impacted you?

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