What’s In The Mist?

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Went to a late night showing of “The Mist” last night. Since I loved Stephen King’s short story in, “Skeleton Crew”, I figured the movie would be pretty enjoyable, too.

Quick run-down:

Small town in Maine(duh. It IS a King work, after all). After a big storm, the town is covered in a strange mist which, townspeople suppose, is some result of a secret government project on a nearby mountain.

When the mist finally settles, people are trapped wherever they are because, in typical horror movie fashion…something(no one knows just what) is in the mist. This “something” is powerful, evil, and hungry. It’s tentacles were spotted by a small group of shoppers when they were trapped inside a supermarket. An old man, a bag boy and the main character(an artist with his young son) saw the slimy firehoses of some sort of monster outside. The bag boy is encouraged by the old man to go outside to see what it is and the boy, full of bravato, does so. He’s promptly eaten by the creature. The artist, angry with the old man for pushing the boy into the mist, attacks the old man for his stupidity. After a few punches are thrown, the artist gets hold of his senses. Instead of making fists, he simply asks the old man, “He’s a kid. He’s supposed to be stupid. What’s your excuse?”

I cut teenagers a lot of slack. After just finishing Dr. Michael Bradley’s “Yes, Your Teen IS Crazy”, I’m even more convinced most teens are going to make more mistakes during their adolescent years than at any other time in life. After all, teens ARE crazy-and that’s Dr. Bradley saying it, not me!

Yet, like this old man, even adults with lots of experience do stupid stuff. Do we cut these people slack? Or do we punch them? I ask this in jest, but with a hint of seriousness.

No one sensible would suggest we go around putting up dukes to anyone who does something stupid. We live in a society that is violent enough without me encouraging that! But this was just another reminder to me that teens are going to do crazy and stupid stuff-but adults will, too. From time to time, we all do. Be easy with yourself when you do…and be easy with others, too.

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  • Ethan

    I have to say that this was a very insightful and, admittedly, true article. I am a teenager, and i do sometimes do stupid and rather shortsighted things, but I think that I speak for all of us when I say that not all teenagers are raging hormone junkies. Being raised by extremely caring and intelligent parents, I am sufficiently more guarded with my actions to not get into a good deal of the potential trouble out there. All I’m trying to say is that not all teenagers do stupid thing all the time, but all have their stupid moments once in a while. So I’m really just trying to protect the image of teenagers everywhere

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