The Matilda Challenge
Laura Lee - August 20, 2018

In the Morning of Life

by Thomas Moore

In the morning of life, when its cares are unknown,
And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,
When we live in a bright-beaming world of our own,
And the light that surrounds us is all from within;
Oh 'tis not, believe me, in that happy time
We can love, as in hours of less transport we may; —
Of our smiles, of our hopes, 'tis the gay sunny prime,
But affection is truest when these fade away.

When we see the first glory of youth pass us by,
Like a leaf on the stream that will never return,
When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,
First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn;
Then, then in the time when affection holds sway
With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew;
Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they,
But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.

In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers,
Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth;
\‘Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers
That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth.
So it is not \‘mid splendour, prosperity, mirth,
That the depth of Love's generous spirit appears;
To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth,
But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.

Although hard to believe,  more than 20 years have past since Mara Wilson played the role of Matilda Wormwood, and Matilda‘s impact on the world was completely undeniably significant.

So it should come as no shock that there’s now a viral Matilda Challenge, and similar to the powerful character herself, the results have proven to be quite magical.  Back then, it was rare to see young girls honored for the brains and strength, but when it came to this special little girl, her mind was her greatest weapon.

Those taking part in this challenge have been dancing along to the very same song she played while cleaning up her house.  While everything seems quite normal, wait until you see that their household objects start to move at the beat of the music too.

Although of course the magic might be due to the help of another person, the footage will make you believe in magic.  Mara Wilson totally approves.