Oh man, I needed one so desperately badly yesterday.
I had made up my mind that I was going out, and I didn’t care whether or not I ended up alone. I had to get out of the house, away from my crazy, and have a little ‘me’ time. It’s been far too long. I texted a couple friends, and let them know that I was going to be going to see a movie and inviting them to join. By the time the movie rolled around, I hadn’t received a single reply. That’s okay, I thought, I can do this alone.
I sat on a bench outside the movie theater and enjoyed the blessedly warm evening. The sun was low in the sky, and everywhere around me people were happy. I find myself looking at shoes when I people watch, wistfully wondering what those shoes would feel like, or what these ones would look like if I wore them. I rated the dresses that I saw, wishing I could find a dress I loved as much in a store for myself. I laughed at the exuberance of the kids going to see a movie, and smiled at their parents.
About ten minutes before my chosen movie time, my friend Nancy texted me and asked what I was going to see… if she snuck away from her baby girl and husband she could possibly make it. I told her I was there for the 6:30, but would gladly wait till the 7 so we could see it together. She told me she was on her way, and it suddenly became my ladies night.
What did we see?
Why, what else but Sex and the City 2.
I’m not going to spoil the movie for anyone, so don’t worry about that. In the end, I was left feeling less satisfied than I was by the first movie, and yet it was still nice to see my old friends again. Yes, I’ll admit that some of it felt forced. And yes, there were parts of the movie that should probably have been left out altogether. But there were also parts that meant a lot to me, as a parent, and parts that made me happy. I laughed, I cried (a lot!) and I was glad that I went. If you are a die-hard SATC fan, you will find enough good to enjoy the show. Otherwise, you may be left wondering why you wasted 10 bucks.
After the movie, Nancy and I sat outside in the humid, warm air and talked. For over an hour. We talked about the movie, and life, our kids, being moms, making babies… it was so nice to just talk. I can’t tell you the last time we were able to do that, children being involved and all. It was actually the best part of my night.
I got in my car and headed home feeling light and refreshed – and resolving to do something like this a little more often, a little sooner than when I absolutely, positively can’t go on a second longer.