Friday, November 28, 2008

A belated thank you to Harvey Milk from a grateful mom

Happy Thanksgiving all.

My daughter is home for the holidays for a few days so we have tried to spend as much time with her as we can before she has to return to school. And one of the things we've done while she has been home is go to the movies. And one of the movies we went to see while she has been here was Milk. It was truly a wonderful movie, but because there have been so many great reviews (like this one) from people around the blogosphere, I will refrain from giving one myself and encourage everyone to see it. The parallels to what is going on today are eerie.

But there is something I do want to say about this movie. When Harvey Milk was assassinated, I was at the same age and at the same place in my life as my daughter is now, 19 years old and a sophomore in college. And I must shamefully confess that Harvey Milk, Mayor Moscone, Anita Bryant, and all of the other major players and events depicted in this movie were barely blips on my radar screen back then. There was just too much going on in my life to be bothered with things that didn't affect me.

Suffice it to say the irony of my apathy back then is not lost on me now: 30 years later and the mother of a gay son who is living a much better life because of the courage of a man named Harvey Milk.


1 comment:

Jan said...

I'm glad you recommended this movie. I want to see it. Like you, those people were not noticed in my youth; I'd never heard of "Harvey Milk" until info about this movie came out.