The freedom from the frenetic pace of my teaching life, affords me the opportunity to truly appreciate the simple pleasures in life, like sharing dinner and a movie with family and friends. On a whim, I invited my parents, sister, and her family over for Sunday dinner and a movie. Most Sunday nights find me cramming in last minute planning, grading and finishing household chores in preparation for the new work week, but spring break releases me from the rigidity of my schedule and offers me the flexibility to be spontaneous.
I kept dinner simple, pasta, bolognese sauce, garlic bread and citrus salad. No tablecloth or fussy serving dishes were offered. Instead, my family grabbed pasta bowls from the shelf, served themselves at the stove, and took a seat at our long, wooden farm table. Multiple lively conversations ensued. My daughter shared her latest college decision schedule, my dad retold stories about his former co-worker-friend turned successful Hollywood actor; and my sister and I reminisced about the nutty neighbors we grew up around, laughing about how different our own childhood experiences were compared to those of our kids.
After dinner we moved to our basement for the movie portion of the evening. As we nestled into our downstairs sectional, my husband queued up the psychological thriller, Get Out. Fleece throw blankets were pulled up, cushions were adjusted and shoes were kicked off as three generations curled up together in the dark to watch the opening credits. Shouts of “Get out!” and “That’s so creepy,” and “Wait, what is happening?!?” interrupted the most tense and suspenseful scenes. We laughed nervously, covered our eyes and offered analysis of characters’ motivations. Get Out’s action packed ending satisfied our need for redemption–a perfect conclusion to an evening well spent.
Trailer for Get Out.
Disclaimer: No to-do list was used in the planning of the events described in this post.