Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sharing Small Pleasures

I had the pleasure last night of watching, for what has to be the 100th time, While You Were Sleeping, one of my favorite romantic comedies. I truly never get tired of it. Ever. It's one of my "comfort" films. You know, those films you put in the DVD player when you simply want or need something that makes you feel good. One that you know you'll enjoy regardless of what's going on in your life at the time.

What made this time special was that I watched it with what's becoming my "go to" girl to watch films with - my nearly 12 year old. Despite having to explain what a "testicle" was, the film's pretty tame and comes by its PG rating with little difficulty. (As a side note, it's a sad day in America when my youngest daughter understands what a "ball" is and not a "testicle". Sad, sad.) Sweet, tender and funny, it's perfect for the budding romantic that she's becoming.

Ever since Rebecca left home there's been a vast, yawning void in movie watching companionship. Gone indeed are the days when I could easily suggest an impromptu sing-a-long of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "Once More With Feeling" episode or a "Fast Forward the Film Until We Get to a Dr. Evil Scene That We Can Quote" look at Autin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. While my husband is generally an acceptable, if not inventive, Movie Watching Partner, it's just not the same as watching with Rebecca.

My middle daughter? Well, her film watching habits mirror her reading habits, which means of course that any suggestion for lighter fare is often met with The Look. This is not a look that is designed to say "Wow. My mom sure has superior intelligence and I certainly need to emulate her in every way.". No indeed. That is not what The Look says. Trust me.

So that leaves me with the little one - the wee one - who somehow isn't so little or wee any longer. The one who doesn't roll her eyes when I suggest that it's surely time to watch Pride and Prejudice again or make me feel a bit silly that I think Viva Las Vegas might be just the ticket for the evening. She even, get this, wants to watch the special features on the DVDs with me! Not even Bec would do that.

It's absolutely lovely that she's now old enough to stay up a little too late and watch some of my favorite films with me. I can't wait until she's a bit older and we can watch all of my favorite films.

Well . . . almost.

I saw this post tonight and while my heart is so full of joy for my dear friend Kristin and her gorgeous daughter and granddaughter, those sweet pictures had me thinking of my own three daughters at the time of their birth and how it's impossible to imagine so much time has passed.

So while it's tempting to hurry time so I'll be able to watch The Matrix with my youngest, I think I'll just savor the time I have now.

(BTW: If you're interested in a great, in-depth discussion/analysis of While You Were Sleeping, check out The Sheila Variations' post on it. Great stuff.)


Storybook Woods said...

Oh yeah, you finally have someone to watch the special features with !!!! Clarice

Mrs. Staggs said...

I like that romantic comedy too. Some of my favorites are the Meg Ryan movies in that genre. I live with guys, as you know, so I tend to curl up in my bedroom with those sorts of movies. The one room in the house that feels a little more feminine too. I have a few more flowery sorts of things in there.
I watch movies like The Matrix with my misters. I loved that series, and recently watched Vendetta by the same folks. I didn't like it as much, but my son really did.

Are you watchin Dancin' With The Stars this year?

Angie said...

Oh Mary, how I LOVE While You Were Sleeping. It's certainly one of my faves too. I can't wait to read what Sheila Variations has to say about it.

It is a bit bittersweet that your youngest is old enough to share this with you, huh? Sigh. Where did the time go? I'm with Clarice, though. Special features are much more fun to share.
So thrilled you're back on the blog! I must read your older posts.. I'm going backward...
Love, Angie

Becca said...

So, how about a Buffy marathon? ^_^

Cindy said...

You are so not hurry the time you have with the youngest as young. It is time that goes by WAY to fast and never returns in quite the same way.