Over the weekend, we decided the time had finally come for a moment that my husband and I had waited YEARS for. We watched 'The Shawshank Redemption' with our kids for the first time.

It's one of our favorite films, but not what you'd call a 'movie for kids.' In fact, there are a lot of adults who would say it's too depressing for their taste as well. We got to the part of the movie that I contend is the 'breaking point' for what I call the 'fair weather Shawshank' fans.

It's basically the last 30 minutes of the film starting with the warden discovering Andy's work boots in the shoe box. I explained to my kids there are some fans of the film that ONLY like the last thirty minutes but that "we aren't those kinds of people." Much to our relief, both of them agreed that you have to go through the pain and heartbreak of the first two hours to fully enjoy the conclusion of the story.

So, good news, kids! We'll keep you in the will!

Evidently, Ted Turner falls into the same category with my husband and me, because Turner's TNT network has aired Shawshank almost continuously since 1997. In fact, I have thought that if 'The Christmas Story' runs for 24 hours on Christmas Day, there should be a day of the year that 'The Shawshank Redemption' receives the same treatment. But what day of the year would that be?

Shawshank fans, what date should National Shawshank Day be?

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