April 12

Welcome back and happy Spring, Saint Dominic Academy! I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable break and is ready for the final weeks of the 2020-2021 school year. Breaks are good, every now and then, we all need breaks and now we’re in the mindset to spring forth and make the end of the year successful.

I’m certain each of you had plans as to how you’d spend your time off and here at my house we each had plans as well. My plan, which I was able to fulfill, was to catch up on a few movies that I’d been meaning to see for some time now. As you know, I’m quite the film buff but I had just not found the time to sit down and watch these films—the first days of break I was determined to relax on the couch and press play on Netflix/Amazon. And, you know I love sharing what I learn, so here’s just a few nuggets of “important” lessons I gleaned from my few days binge watching.

  1. If you’re in a dark house and the lights flicker and the water in your glass turns to mud—get out of the house right away! ( The Vigil)
  2. Don’t ever go into a creepy old funhouse on an amusement pier, even if it’s a sunny day and it seems like a good idea. ( Us)
  3. Never, never answer the door when someone is pounding on it in the middle of the night or when someone is standing outside your home. ( Us & The Purge)
  4. If you tell a spooky story about a circus around a campfire at midnight and the next day, that circus shows up in your town…that’s NOT a good sign. ( Are You Afraid of the Dark?)
  5. If you hear a singing voice that nobody else hears, chances are it’s inside you calling you on your true path. ( Frozen 2)
  6. If something totally amazing happens to you in a Pixar film, it’s usually followed by something not so great happening in a Pixar film. ( Soul)
  7. If a creepy old book appears in your house, with no copyright and no author and it tells the story of a monster that comes to live in the closet—don’t read the book aloud. Just don’t. (The Babadook)
  8. If you made friends in college with a foreign exchange student and he/she invites you to come to some remote, only happens once every 90 years, secret from the outside world festival, chances are you will either wind up joining whatever creepy cult is hosting the festival or you’ll never be heard from again. (Midsommer) 

Important lessons, yes? Well, I’m thinking most, if not all of you, knew these lessons already. But of course, when thinking about these lessons it made me think of some more truly important lessons that are not always showcased on screens across America. And yet, the following lessons are the ones you need to carry with you throughout your lives, in order to grow into the empowered young women Saint Dominic Academy is teaching you to be.

  1. If it’s not true, DON’T say it.
  2. If it’s not KIND, don’t say it.
  3. If it’s hurtful, don’t post it.
  4. If it’s mean spirited, don’t comment or repost it.
  5. If it’s hate speech, don’t share it, don’t like it, don’t comment on it.
  6. If it’s a rumor, let it stop at your ears, instead of sharing it with your mouth.
  7. If it’s mocking someone’s race, religion, gender, appearance, culture, then it’s nothing you should be sharing, liking or posting.
  8. If you see a video, a meme, a post that you would not want your parents to see on your social media, DON’T post it.
  9. If you’re asked to do/say something that you know would not make your parents proud of you, don’t do it.
  10. If it’s: Kind, Generous, Sweet, Helpful to Others, Intelligent, Spiritual, Prayerful, Good Natured, or brings Joy to the life of another—then, by all means—spread that joy to as many lives as possible.

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