It’s a Wonderful Life: A Conversation

It's a Wonderful LifeIt’s a Wonderful Life is one of my favorite holiday films. I was talking to my mom about it the other day, and she said she’d never seen it, although she’d like to.

I told her when I saw it run, I’d tell her about it so she could watch it or record it. She said she doesn’t know how to record on her receiver, but my dad could do it for her. (Don’t get me started about her and technology. You think I’m bad! Geez.)

This is a recreation of the conversation that took place between me and my father when I called, including my mom in the background.


Me: Hi, Dad.

Dad: Hey, Staci. How are you?

Me: Good. You?

Mom: I can’t talk right now.

Dad: Mom can’t talk right now.

Me: I know. I heard her. But I was calling to talk to you.

Dad: Me? What for?

Mom: What does she want? I can’t talk now. I’m wrapping gifts.

Dad: Mom’s wrapping gifts.

Me: I know. I don’t want her.

Dad: What do you want?

Mom: What does she want?

Me: Mom said she never saw It’s a Wonderful Life. I told her when I saw it advertised, I’d tell her when it was on so she could watch or record it. She said she doesn’t know how to record, so I’m telling you so you can record it for her.

Dad: She doesn’t know how to record.

Me: I know. That’s why I’m telling you. It’s on USA.

Dad: What channel is that?

Me: I don’t know, Dad. I have Directv; you have Dish Network.

Dad: But we both have USA.

Me: Yes.

Dad: So what channel is it?

Me: It’s different for each of us. Can you do a search for the movie?

Dad: What movie?

Me: It’s a Wonderful Life.

Dad: Searching… for… It’s a Wonderful Life.

Mom: It’s a Wonderful Life? Is it on?

Dad: No, Carmella. Staci is telling me when it’s on.

Mom: I’ve never seen it.

Dad: She said she’s never seen it.

Me: I know, Dad. Did you find it? There are three showings. If you record the one at midnight, it shouldn’t conflict with anything else you might be recording.

Dad: I don’t have a midnight showing.

Mom: Is it on at midnight?

Dad: No. Didn’t you just hear me say it’s not on at midnight?

Me: Sorry. Midnight, my time. One o’clock your time.

Dad: Oh. Right. I forgot about the time difference.

Me: Me, too. No worries. Did you find the listing?

Dad: Yeah. There are three.

Me: Yes. Can you please record one of those for Mom?

Dad: She’s had plenty of chances to watch it before.

Me: I guess she never got around to it.

Dad: Well, I’m not recording it. If she wanted to watch it, she would have seen it by now.

Me: Okay. Well, tell Mom when it’s on. Maybe she’ll just watch it.

Dad: Carmella, Staci said It’s a Wonderful Life is playing this week, if you want to watch it.

Mom: I’ve never seen it.

Dad: That’s why she’s telling you about it. Do you want to talk to her?

Mom: I can’t talk now. I’m busy.

Dad: She can’t talk now. She’s busy.

Me: That’s okay, Dad. I’m busy, too. I have to go.

Dad: Okay. Nice talking to you, honey. Love you.

Me: Love you, too.

Mom: Does she need to talk to me? I’m b—


Dad hung up then, so I don’t know what she said. But I’m sure I could guess. You probably can, too.

It was an interesting conversation. I have talks with them like this all the time. And despite the frustration while it’s happening, afterward I always remember them with a smile on my face. I love those two. So very much.

Truly, it’s a wonderful life.

Wishing you all wonderful memories with your loved ones this holiday season.

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  1. Oh Staci…this brought tears and a smile. These are the gem moments that so often get overlooked. I’m so delighted that you have this in your life and that you treasure it with a grateful heart.
    Merriest of Christmas wishes to you and yours! 🙂
    PS. It’s a Wonderful Life is one my favourites, and I always watch it on Christmas Eve. A tradition since I was 13 years old. There is so much beauty tied to this tradition for which I’m most grateful for.
    Blessings to all. XO

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    1. I count my family among my most treasured blessings, Natalie. I’m glad you enjoyed a brief look into our lives.

      It’s a Wonderful Life is a classic for a reason. It’s, well, wonderful! What a lovely tradition, watching it every year.

      Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday!

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    1. I love that tradition! I’m so glad your family does that. I can’t get my kids interested in that movie. I think they’re put off by its age. To them, if it’s in black and white, it must be old and boring (like their mom!), but some of my favorite films are in black and white. (Casablanca, for sure, tops that list.)

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  2. That was hysterical! I could see it all playing out like a sitcom scene.

    I miss the phone calls with my mom. I used to call her every day too. Your parents sound like a lot of fun to be around. My mom and I used to have the “what channel is it on?” conversation a lot. Even though we were in the same area, she had a different system than mine, and movies (and books) were something we loved in common.

    I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never seen A Wonderful Life. I keep meaning to watch it. I guess I’ll have to check listings and DVR!

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    1. It’s on NBC, 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, on Christmas Eve. (The USA showings are now over.) I’m pretty sure they run it on Christmas Eve every year. It seems to me it’s on in the background when we’re opening gifts at the in-laws’ house. But we’re always so busy then, so…

      I’m glad you have those memories with your mom. It’s those little things that stay with us and mean so much, from the moment the memory is made and then for years to come.

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    1. I talk to my mom almost every day. When Dad’s in the background, funny things happen. And when he answers instead of her? Well, you just read what might occur.

      I think she’s never seen it because she falls asleep so easily in the evening. Then again, my dad was never much for Christmas specials, so if he was home (he worked for UPS and Christmas was his busy season, so often he wasn’t there in evenings in December) the TV was his to control, and he’d probably watch something else. As kids, we’d get to see the animated specials, and sometimes the variety shows (like a Dean Martin Christmas or Andy Williams or something). But we didn’t really watch the movies. Dad would watch an action or comedy movie (like Die Hard or Home Alone). But I didn’t see traditional films like A Christmas Carol or It’s a Wonderful Life until I was married and in my own house.

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    1. God help us all if they add more equipment to the television system!

      All Dad had to do was hit the record button. He’d already found the listing. How hard could that have been? Those two are so funny. I could listen to them all day. Well, probably not. But in small doses, conversations like these (in retrospect, of course) leave me with a memory that always brings a smile to my face. Perhaps I’ll start sharing more of these.

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