Atticus Finch.

October 5, 2012

"They're certainly entitled to think that, and they're entitled to full respect for their opinions... 
but before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. 
The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."
-Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Once the leaves started changing colors, and the sun became a little bit more orange than yellow, Saturdays weren't our favorites anymore, but Sunday nights were. Fall is a favorite in so many ways, but so many of my reasons is simply because of home. Growing up, we had our ritual Sunday night walks, Sunday night movies, and best of all: Sunday night snacks like cinnamon and sugar toast, and marshmallows, and hot chocolate.

It somehow became a tradition along the lines that the first movie we'd always watch together as a family during the season was To Kill A Mockingbird. It was always my dad's favorite, and naturally, became one of mine too. My eyes always sting when I see Atticus sitting outside of Tom Robinson's jail, with his lamp, in his chair, reading his book. It just said so much. I always felt so much. I still do.

This movie, (and most especially), Atticus Finch has and always will be an out-of-the-ball-park-sort-of favorite; and with my dad in town for the weekend, Max gets to join in on the Christensen tradition and I just couldn't be any more excited for my Sunday nights again. Happy (conference) weekend!


Brittany said...

I saw this movie for the first time in ninth grade, after we read the book in Honors English. I just remember being so moved--and realizing that To Kill a Mockingbird is so much more about Atticus than it is about Scout (who is wonderful in her own right). It meant so much, like you said.

Happy weekend to you too.

Allie said...

He's my favorite fictional dad ever. Seriously. And Gregory Peck playing him? I'm done.

Brooke Mosman said...

Atticus is my favorite fictional character EVER. Ah! He is such a stoic! And once again, I want to adopt this tradition. Why are you so fun?!

Emma Karen said...

I think anyone who enjoys To Kill a Mockingbird falls in love with Atticus. He is one of the greatest examples in fictional history ever. Everything having to do with To Kill a Mockingbird makes me so incredibly happy.

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