The movie does such a great job explaining emotions and our need for - and the importance of - our emotions working together to understand the things we feel so deeply.
One part of the movie that really resonated with me was the huge impact that your 'core memories' have on you emotionally. The girl Riley had 5 core memories, Silliness, Hockey, Friendship, Honesty and Family. Honestly I cried a WHOLE BUNCH during this movie, but even this simple part explaining these core memories made me sad. My little girl doesn't get to keep her core memories. Her life is SO much different than when she was born. Does she still have these old core memories? Are we rebuilding them or is she holding on to the old ones? Will we be able to build these in time for her to understand how much we love her, how important she is, and what will be a huge part of her future?
It was such a sad movie to be a child's movie, but she wasn't upset by it. The first thing Peanut said after it ended was that it was good that Sadness was there to help her at the end. My heart! This little girl has come such a long way in the last 2 years since her big transition to having a full-time mommy and daddy, and I am reminded that we still have a very long way to go.
This morning I was reading Hebrews 10:36 - 'For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise'.