Yesterday I went to see Into the Woods. At times, I thought I wouldn't get there. I wondered if the universe was trying to tell me something.
At one point, we had a much larger group going. One by one, most of the group cancelled. Still, there was my English major/writing friend and her daughter who still wanted to go. So, off I went.
Ah, Saturday in Ft. Lauderdale during the high season--I encountered traffic snarls at every turn. I got rerouted because of an arts festival on Las Olas and found myself going to the beach. I wasn't so annoyed that I couldn't see the humor in the situation; I as had driven past 17th Street and taken note of the back up, I thought, I sure am glad I'm not going to the beach today. While getting back to the mainland, I got stuck waiting for a drawbridge to close.
Luckily, we had planned to get to the theatre a half hour before the start time, so we had unwittingly built in time for these snafus. Happily, the show had not sold out, which was my worry as I sat in traffic. I still had time to get popcorn.
What a great movie! I had forgotten what a treasure those songs are. I had forgotten the joys of a master playwright visiting fairy tales and weaving them together in new ways. And what a treat to see a movie on a big screen--to fully appreciate the costumes and the facial expressions.
I was impressed with how the songs wove together too. I was so happy with the humor in the movie--what a treat! It was great to see it with my friend and her daughter, people who aren't afraid to laugh along with me in a mostly empty movie theatre. At points, I heard one of them singing, also a treat.
I've decided to write a short story a month, and my plan is to have a word that inspires the writing. Last month, my writer friend and I had great luck with the word "shadowbox." Yesterday's movie gave me the word for January: "spell." My friend is willing.
I feel lucky to have these kinds of friends: friends who will create with me, friends who will meet me at the movies, friends who give me motivation to see a movie I might otherwise have missed. May I always have these friends as part of my gratitude list!
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