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Most of us remember our first phonetics lesson perfectly: we repeated "the rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain" along with Professor Higgins and Eliza Doolittle. What most of us have forgotten is that My Fair Lady is the perfect family film. Adults appreciate the now-classic score and witty repartee, tweens are taken with the mismatched romance and haute couture, and kids love the lavish sets. Even young fans will follow the simple plot in which an upper-crust linguistic professor wagers he can transform a Cockney-accented flower girl into a lady. By the movie's end, Professor Higgins gets more than he bargained for when he falls in love with Eliza and learns that the heart obeys no class boundaries.
Following in Eliza's footsteps, we explored our local Flower Market one morning. We gave each child a budget and meandered amongst the blooms, all fresh and all at wholesale prices. Our sons went sniffing for the best smelling roses, our daughters went comparison-shopping for Gerbera daisies, and we were seduced by rare orchids. After roaming for an hour, we tallied up our final purchases, happily discovering that everyone (even the moms) came in under budget. After we unloaded our bushels of flowers onto the kitchen table, everyone in the family got crafty. Our boys added a few drops of red food coloring to their water before adding their blooms, and our daughters foraged the cabinets for old coffee cups and then filled them with daffodils. We moms had fun cleaning out our fruit bins and filling the bottom of our vases with shiny apples. After spreading arrangements throughout the house, our kids suggested that we shop for fresh flowers every week. Oh, wouldn't it be loverly.
Our buttery bits of wisdom about this film:
Visit a Flower Market or Farmers' Market and Make Flower Arrangements
Age Recommendation: Five and up
Time allotment: 1 hour
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