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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana i i i i i , ii i ii i , i i Entertainment I I I I I I I On the Record By CHARLIE MARTIN CNS Colunqnist Focus on living in the present August 14, 1992_ I THIS USED TO BE MY PLAYGROUND This used to be my playground/This used to be my childhood dream/This used to be the place I ran to Whenever I was in need of a friend/Why did it have to end/And why do they always say/Don't look back Keep your head held high/Don't ask them why/Be. cause life is short/And before you know/You're feel- ing old/And your heart is breaking/Don't hold onto the past/Wellthat's too much to ask This used to be my playground/This used to be my Childhood dream/This used to be the place I ran to Whenever I was in need of a friend/Why did it have to end/And why do they always say/No regrets/But I wish that you were here with me/Well then, there is hope yet/i can see your face/In a secret place/You are not just a memory/Say goodbye to yesterday/These are words that 111 never say . to be my playground/This used to by my pride and joy/This used to be the place we ran to/That no one in the world could dare destroy/This used to be our playground/This used to be our child- hood dreamhis used to be the place we ran to/l wish you were standing here with me/This used to be: a playground/This used to be our childhood dreawThis used to be the place we ran to/The best things, in life are always free/Wishing you were here til me [ II Written by Madonna and Shep Pettibone Sung by Madonna Copyright (c) 1992 by Sire Records Co. Would you like to have Madonna, Tom Hanks and Geena Davis hang out in your neigh- borhood? That happened last summer in my southwestern Indiana area. These and other stars were filming "A League of Their Own." Now off the movie sound- track comes Madonna's latest hit, "This Used to Be Mv Playground." l;he film is a nostalgic look at women's base- hall. The song also concerns the past, asking us when we should be willing to let go of former ex- periences. For the woman in the song, to "say goodbye to yesterday, these are words that 111 never say." The song's question is an important one: Should you never "look back" but"keep your head held high," and refuse to ask "why"? When God gives us life. we also receive a past, the present and a future. In my opinion, the most important part of this threefold division of time is right now -- the present, How we live and enjoy this day, filling it with as much love as possible, is what counts most. Yet, both past and future influence our pre- sent. How we feel today often is colored by what has gone on in the past. t t it tt t tttt tit t t t tt Yesterday's joys and hurts have a way of spilling into our news. When we learn from our memories and they give us the incentive to live in rewarding ways right now, then indeed the past becomes a valued teacher for finding the best in ourselves. However. when feelings from the past block or distract us from experiencinR today's joy, then we need inner healing to get" beyond what keeps us from being happy. As for the future, it is the gift of promise. No matter how we are doing today, the future offers hope and new possibilities. God's gift of the imagination is our guide for picking what we want to create and what we want from the possibilities available to us. Yet, if we live only for tomorrow, we miss today. The best way to look pon the future is as a treasury of potential, calling us to perceive what can be done today to fill our lives with love. Personally, I am slightly inclined to side with Madonna. I am not completely willing to say goodbye to yesterday. Together with the prorniseof tomorrow, we can use learnings drawn from the past as pathways to finding today's joy. (Your comments are always welcome. Please address: Charlie Martin, RR 3, Box 182, Rockport, IN 47635.) t tt t "1 t t t t t t t t t Review: Documentary worthwhile viewing for families By HENRY HERX AND GERRI PARE Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) -- Spending an hour listening to children talk about them- selves and their perceptions 3f the world is the documen- tary "Age Seven in America," airing Wednesday, Aug. 19, 8-9 p.m. EDT on CBS. Though the children are flesh and appealing, the pro- gram is the direct opposite of the kids-say-the-darnedest- things variety. As the documentary's host, actress Meryl Streep points out that these youngsters both reflect the society of today and foreshadow that of the 21st century. That's very true, of course, but the program's greatest value is the insight it offers into the world of contempo- rary childhood. Taking part in the program is a diverse sampling of 7- year-olds  10 bays and nine girls -- most of whom are growing up in the cities or suburbs of Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Two of the group, however, live in rural Georgia and an- other is a resident of Lincoln, Nob. However representative this particular group may be of the nation's 7-year-olds, the producers have gathered a convincing mix of rich, poor and middle-class youngsters coming from a variety of eth- nic and racial backgrounds, What is immediately appar- ent are the vast economic and social differences separating these children. In Chicago, for instance, two or' the children live in public housing on the South Side, keenly aware of the drugs and violence around them. In a Polish neighborhood and in Chicago's western sub- urbs, there are no fears of vio- lence expressed by the youngsters interviewed. When a little boy in a Los Angeles barrio is asked about the difference between living here and in his homeland, he replies somberly, "In E1 Sal- vador, they kill you with big guns; here, they kill you with small guns." For all these very real dif- ferences in backgrounds and experiences, these 7-year-olds share a refreshing idealism that is the innate province of the young. Most say they believe in God, though one confesses, "I've never had a religious ex- perience." Most affirm that the rich should give to the oor  "not some, a lot," American National Bank Bicknell - Sandborn Vincennes Drive-in Facilities - Member F.D.LC. A Full Service Bank says one. Asked what, she thinks it would be like to be homeless, the child closes her eyes, screws up her face and says with a shudder, "Awful." At the end of the program, talking about what they would wish for if they could have anything they wanted, most consider what they would do if they were rich, including helping the poor. It is a boy who lives in a shelter for the homeless on New York's Lower East Side who comes up with the re- sponse that his wish would be that "everyone be happy forever." Produced by Britain's Granada Television and di- rected by Phil Joanou, the program is an American ver- sion of Granada's 1963 docu- mentary, "7 Up," which be- came a notable series revisiting the original 14 British children every 7 years, most recently in "35 Up" this year. Granada intends to con- tinue making an American so- FOR COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE FISCHER ELECTRIC INC. SCHNELLVILLE, IN 389-2418 ries in similar fashion, revis- iting the children when they are 14 in 1999. Though it's the kind of pro- gram one might expect to see on PBS rather than on CBS, the point is to see it. "Age Seven in America" presents no stuffy experts to explain or comment on these young people and their inno- cent views of life. Instead, it lets viewers enjoy and, at times, be dis- i , i I I Medical Arts Pharmacy comforted by this fraglne.." tary experience what it s h e to be a 7-year-old in today  world. It's likely to jog memories of one s own childhood and those so disposed can mm how much these youngsters mirror the values and co" cerns of their parents, In any event the program makes worthwhile viewirlg for families to enjoy together and discuss afterwards. 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