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"National Velvet" made a big impression on me as a child, and then in viewing it as an adult I found a wonderful lesson in wisdom from Velvet's mother. It was about the way to help someone in need (Mickey Rooney's character) during the period they're not ready to be helped. Rather than any degree of intervention, Velvet's mother guided Velvet in providing only patient support so that (Mickey) could find his way in "his" time. I thought it was a beautiful element of the movie.