Hope Floats was a favorite for the Drummond family.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
October 28, 2019
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Ree Drummond's late mother-in-law, Nan Drummond—who sadly died from cancer in May 2018—influenced Ree in ways big and small, from her cooking ("my mother-in-law cooked for crowds of cowboys and visitors") to her movie choices. 

And on the film front, boy, were there some epic screenings with the Drummond family gathered around the television. In a recent Instagram post, The Pioneer Woman opens up about just how cherished those evenings were.

"A couple of years after Ladd and I were married, his mom and I rented it a movie (VHS!) and watched it one night. It starred Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr. and we loved every minute of it. A few years later, she was trying to remember the name of the movie because she wanted to watch it again. 'Remember that movie we watched that one time?' she said. 'It was called "Ship of Hope" or something?' I thought she was talking about Titanic. But then she said something about the guy who wore a cowboy hat who’s a singer in real life, and I was totally confused. After about thirty minutes, I finally figured out she was talking about 'Hope Floats,'" Drummond begins her poignant yet humorous caption, shared alongside a video clip of Hope Floats.

"We cracked up about Ship of Hope for years, and always watched it together whenever we caught it on TV. I just noticed it was on today, so I watched the last half hour and turned into a sobbing, blubbering mess. A completely unexpected, out-of-the-blue moment of grief...but a sweet one, too," Drummond's caption concludes, stirring our own emotions up, too.

What a special, simple memory to share from the Drummond family archives. We know Nan must be deeply and truly missed every day. 

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We're grateful Drummond feels comfortable enough with her fans to share this intimate memory from her personal life. And we're grateful others out there remember video cassettes, too.

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