“Dad cried,” Grace announced to her two sisters as we filed out of the movie theater.
No, it wasn’t a matinee showing of “Good Will Hunting” or “Weekend at Bernie’s.” It was “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” And I’m not a bit surprised I was alone with the waterworks. (For the record, I shed tears after E.T., too.)
It’s impossible to explain to my girls just why the soggy eye.
To see Han Solo and Chewbacca and Admiral Ackbar and Nien Nunb again, it was like a reunion. The sounds, the feelings associated with sitting in a theater to watch a movie I’ve waited 22 years for, they all contributed.
Every month, I ask friends, bloggers, strangers, and strange blogger friends to respond to a six-word prompt. Ernest Hemingway inspired it when he asserted any story could be told in six words.
This month’s six-words prompt is for No Interruptions Day. How would you spend a day free of interruption?
I’ve tossed this about all month, sifting it through the tides of life that have crashed around me of late. My answer came to me as I sat in a reclining chair in a theater, with a ticket scanned from a smartphone.
That right there is space-age enough for me to feel as old as Yoda. I was boy and dad all at once. I know my daughters don’t realize the gravity of what it means to watch this movie, especially with them.
My time of no interruption would be spent just as those 2 hours, 16 minutes were last night. For 136 minutes, I mostly existed outside of the angst I’ve felt physically, mentally, financially, emotionally and in my soul for weeks now.
There’s no one easy fix for all that.
I watched, as a grown man, the heroes of my youth band together again and conquer insurmountable odds, in heroic fashion. To hold one kid’s hand and look left to the other two, and see some of the same wonderment I know I felt … I’d love to not be interrupted from that. Indefinitely.
It’s heroism and hope, dynasty and destiny. It’s legacy, and life.
This movie can’t alleviate pains of the real world. It did provide a timeout, a moment to appreciate and relax. To feel the strength from inside stir just enough to show it’s there.
1. Read, drink tea and eat cookies.
Yanic A., of Family, Faith, Food and Fabric
2. Ah, peace and quiet – enjoy it.
P.D. Webb, of Cricket Muse
3. Miraculous day, read a whole book!!
Vicki R., of Horses Dirt & Motherhood
4. I would actually finish a sentence.
Christine Y., of Love Life Surf
5. No interruptions? I’d poo in peace!
Amber M., of Airing My Dirty Laundry One Post at a Time
6. Write something, eat something, disappoint someone.
Stu M., of A Comedian’s Notebook
7. Get creative photographing, soaping, or writing.
Susan, of Life is a Journey … Not a Guided Tour
8. Read a book, cover to cover.
Teri B., of Snarkfest
9. Time to plan my new adventure.
Claudia C., of Miles + Smiles
10. Writing, relaxing, reading, and sleeping in!
Lisa W., of Golden Spoons
11. Maybe I’d finish half done crafts.
12. One day road trip with friends.
Christine W., of A Fly on Our Chicken Coop Wall
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13. Sand between toes, hugging my family.
Sandra, of A Momma’s View
14. I would interrupt everybody with love.
Ann K., of The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally
15. Run, read, write, eat, sleep, repeat.
Eric, of All in a Dad’s Work
16. The same as I always do.
Elizabeth, of Autism Mom
17. All the sleeps I could sleep.
Elle, of Elle Sees
18. Beach, coffee and a good book.
Jillian S. of Jillian Loves …
19. Can I just lay here please?
Jonathan H., of BroJo: Mormon on Purpose
20. Starbucks, pray and fix my blog.
Kate H., of Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine
21. write letters to those i love.
beth k., of i didn’t have my glasses on …
22. Devotions, coffee, writing, planning, gym, podcasts.
Lisa A., of True & Faithful
23. Read a book- or maybe two!
Janna T., of Janna T. Writes
24. Feral Ghouls, I’ll destroy you all!
Emily W., of Nerd in the Brain
25. I would take time for myself.
Christina Z., of The Brave Wanderer
26. Catch up on 7,000 old photos.
Tamara B., of Tamara (Like) Camera
27. Sleep in, shower, coffee and blog.
Tamara G., of Confessions of a Part-time Working Mom
28. House cleaned, work done, nap time.
Kim, of Protean Mom
29. Read, sleep, movie, sleep, snuggle, repeat.
Lisa, of The Meaning of Me
30. Read a book, cover to cover.
Dana H., of Kiss My List
31. I’d delve myself into ORGANIZING heaven!
Aunie, of Auniesauce
32. I’d make my own awesome interruptions.
Jody M., of Jody Mace
33. Read and comprehend a whole book!!
Rabia L., of The Lieber Family
34. Sleep, sleep, and sleep some more.
Porshia L., of Porshia La’Shae
35. Serve others. Cook lots. Maybe nap. 🙂
Shannon B., of Whole Foods Market
36. I would read my book Sacagawea.
Lisa, of Blondie’s BEARista
37. Read, write, meditate/walk in nature.
Charlotte K., of My Pixie Blog
38. I would spend the time daydreaming.
Cathy T., of Just My Thoughts & a Cup of Tea …
39. Actually do my hair and makeup.
Femme F., of Femme Frugality
40. Finish writing my book and smile.
Britt S., of Britt Skrabanek
41. An entire book – start to finish!
Meredith S., of The Mom of the Year
42. Start my “Downton Abbey” box set!
Shannon A., of Radio Chick’s Reflections
43. Paperwork: Reviewed, then filed or recycled.
Kristi B., of Thankful Me
44. Interruptions make life interesting, so nothing.
Jessica A., of Jessica & Love
45. Star Wars movie marathon, who’s in?
Tiffany M., of Sounds Like Life to Me
46. Annihilate my epic to do list!
Holly C., of Simplify Create Inspire
47. Grow flowers – write stories – mend hearts.
Michelle T., of Lipstick and Laundry
48. World domination, or paint the hallway.
Eric W., of All in a Dad’s Work
49. Get lost in a good book.
Katy W., of Stereotypically Able
50. I would organize all the things.
Cassandra, of The Next Delusion
51. Read as many books as possible.
Nina S., of Nina Says
52. Kindle read and binge watch DVR.
Janine H., of Confessions of a Mommyaholic
53. Waste time procrastinating and watching Netflix.
Andrea M., of About 100%
54. Revising my fantasy novel – and reading!
Sara L., of Sara Letourneau’s Official Website and Blog
55. Play the music, write the words!
Les B., of Ink Interrupted
56. I’ll swap complete sentences with hubby!
Julia T., of Diary of a Word Nerd
57. Read books, write stories, organize pictures.
Roxanne P., of Unintentionally Brilliant
58. I’d conquer my to do list.
Sandra, of Strong Enough to Break
59. Most likely a lengthy Thai massage.
Britta B., of It’s a Britta Bottle!
60. Try to take over the world.
Lindsay H., of Mad Tea Party in My Head
61. Finish my novel and pass out.
Andra W., of Andra Watkins blog
62. All day in the bath, reading.
Jenny, of Accidental Hipster Mom
63. In a galaxy far, far away.
Eli P., of Coach Daddy