Recently, I wrote about the 5 lessons I’ve learned from Willy Wonka. You can read about that here if you missed it. As you know, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is one of my favorite movies. Has been since the fourth grade. They don’t make movies like that anymore. A shame really, but you can’t stop Mr. Wonka’s message. It continues to be heard. You’ll find a few examples below. Sweet reading.
1. Avoid temptation. Unless you have great willpower which none of the children in the movie seem to display. Augustus with food, Violet with the gum chewing contest, Veruca and her need to own everything, and Mike TeeVee and the TV. Even Charlie couldn’t stay away from the Fizzy Lifting Drink. And what about Mr. Wonka? What was his greatest temptation? Yours? Can you stay away from it?
2. Grandparents rock. Only a grandparent is going to hop out of bed after 20 years of lying down and take you to the Chocolate Factory. And it’s only a grandparent who will use their last quarter to buy you a bar of chocolate in hopes to make your dreams come true. Your parent will use their last quarter to buy you something practical. Like broccoli.
3. Chewing gum is a bad habit. Unless you have bad breath, but don’t crack it and chomp like a cow. No one likes that.
4. Never give up. Even when times are bad, and they are for Charlie’s family. Heck, you’ve got six people living in one room and four in one bed, (a quick aside; you’ll notice in the 1971 Gene Wilder version Charlie doesn’t have a dad. That script implies their poverty is directly related to the missing male figure in the house. Not the case in the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roahl Dahl.)
5. Beware of orange men with green hair who sing and dance. Especially if they show up just at the moment you’ve given into your biggest temptation. No chocolate for you.