It’s been a hectic, crazy week. Seems like as soon as I finished one thing, I was off to finish something else. While in the middle of the millions of things that had to be done a stray thought passed through my universe, and it said “I need a moment”. And it was true, I did need a moment. I didn’t want another day to pass without doing something for myself. I know, sounds selfish right? But every once in a while, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to maintain some semblance of sanity. So, instead of being at the computer, or on the phone, or at my desk for one more minute, I took myself out and drove myself to the movies. I went to see the new Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon movie “Premonition”. I admit, initially I was attracted to the film because of Julian – you remember him from “Charmed” fame and more recently from “Nip/Tuck” – I mean who could resit? Well, my husband for one; no interest in his idea of a ‘chick flick’. And Marisa was no where to be found, off having fun I suppose, but more likely working. My best girlfriends Harriet and Sandy were both otherwise engaged. Well, I thought, heck with them, I need a moment.
I flew out of the house, into my car and raced to the movie theatre. I didn’t want to miss a minute of the opening credits, particularly since the price of a movie ticket is no small fare. Of course, the entire time I was driving, I was plotting how I could race to the head of the line for my snack. I’m driving and watching the dashboard clock, as the minutes tick by. The movie start time was 11:50 a.m., but I’m no fool, I know the first 10 minutes are going to be commercials and previews. So I’m not particularly freaked out yet – I get to the theatre at 12:03 p.m., rush to the ticket counter and breathlessly ask if the film has started. Well, surprise, surprise, I had 3 minutes until the opening credits. Could I get my snack and make it to my seat in time? Miraculusly a new register opened up and I slipped to the front and ordered my large bag of popcorn with extra butter and salt and made it to my seat just as the last preview finished.
I was in bliss – total heaven, alone in the dark in front of a big screen with someone else’s pictures instead of the ones in my own mind. There I sat, eating one kernel at a time to make the experience last – until the very last frame of the film. As the lights came up, I looked around and observed that everyone was paired off, with their friend, significant other, mother, aunt, uncle, etc. I was alone, and happy for it. So it begs the question – do you ever do something all by yourslef?
What kinds of things do you like to do, just to get away for a few hours?