Back story #1
Dude has had many movie/TV obsessions over the years. The Jungle Book, The Lion King, Barney, Toy Story, Teletubbies, etc etc.
About 7 years ago, Dude’s new-found love was Finding Nemo. That movie was on every single day, multiple times a day. And we’re one of those weird families that only has one television in the house. Which means that when Dude watched the movie, he was watching it in the family room, within eye and earshot of the rest of the family. (We have since gotten him a TV with DVD and VCR capabilities for his bedroom.. partly for our sanity.)
Pixar puts out some really fantastic movies, but Finding Nemo has to be one of my personal favorites. If you haven’t seen it, I highly suggest you run out and handle that immediately.
Back story #2
One of our dad’s -isms is to quote dialogue from movies. He has a fantastic memory for it. He finds ways to insert quotes (often with the proper inflection) from his favorite films practically every day. This is a talent that both my brother and I inherited.
Dude is particularly good at it since he has no problem repeatedly watching the same movies over and over again. It is always interesting to see when he chooses to use the quotes in real life. I will post later about a game we like to play with him involving this talent.
Back story #3
Our family does an annual vacation to the Jersey Shore every year (the NICE part). Lucky for us, Dude LOVES the beach. He loves looking at the waves, the pretty girls in skimpy bikinis, seagulls, and taking long walks on the beach.
Dude always liked seagulls. He likes the sounds they make. Sometimes during vacation, I would wake up to the sound of him imitating seagull calls early in the morning.
However, once he saw Finding Nemo, his imitation slightly changed.
Now, whenever Dude sees seagulls, he says, “Mine! Mine! Mine! MineMineMineMine!!!!”