I have loved watching movies all my life. All kinds, all types. There was a time that I could flip through a movie database book and be hard pressed to find a movie I had not seen. Remember the Television Movie of the Week on Sundays and Mondays? Ohhhh those were the best. Those aren’t around anymore. I also used to love when my parents would take me and my younger sister to the movies. Star Wars. Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. King Kong. Acting was my first love, so I would always imagine being a part of the action. There’s nothing like sitting in a big dark theater watching images come to life on a large screen.
I can still remember when Daddy bought a VCR. We surpassed Betamax and had VHS! My sister and I would beg my daddy to take us to the video store every Friday, so we could rent movies. Parent Trap. I’m talking about the original with Hayley Mills. Now I’m not quite that old. The movie was considered a classic even then. Freaky Friday. The original–with Jodie Foster. As I got older, my viewing habits changed from school girl comedies to adventurous dramas. The Legend of Billie Jean. The Goonies. The Lost Boys. Beat Street. And good ‘ol tear jerkers like Imitation of Life. The remake with Lana Turner and Sandra Dee. I still cry every time at the end when Mahalia Jackson sings. I could watch Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet and the original film version of A Streetcar Named Desire with Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh many times over.
Fast forward to present-day busy wife and mother. Even with a DVR, I don’t even watch a third of the movies that I would like to. But I’m determined to change that this weekend. Movies are an escape. A chance to transport yourself into another world. They can also be inspirational. I miss my old friend. I want to get back to one of the things that always made me happy, healthy, and wise.
Which hobbies and interests do you need to befriend again?