This may seem like an incredibly moody image to share at Christmas. Admittedly, I was on the cusp of not sharing with it with you.
I guess I wouldn’t blame you if you felt this post was not appropriate at this time of year . . . but to me, the photo is perfect as is the quote.
They remind me of wonderful, happy memories.
You see, I was an independent single woman for many years and rather than wallow in self-pity during the holidays (or traveling when I really didn’t want to travel), I treated myself to the movies.
Not just any one movie either!
No, with lots of time to kill and a love of of the theatrical arts, I enjoyed movie marathons, a hobby I learned from my Uncle Ronnie, who traveled periodically from the tiny town where we grew up to Abilene or Wichita Falls where he enjoyed a few (or four) movies in one day.
Yes, it’s a good thing that movie theaters were always open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (in Austin where I lived at the time), but if that had not been the case, I had the wonderful invention called Netflix.
I remember those times, that tradition, with great affection. I did not feel alone, but independent, confident, and adventurous.
Please don’t misunderstand. Being happy then does not negate being happy now. I do love my husband and being married.
It was only natural to think back to my way of life back then when I saw this dark image, but movie theaters are just that … and I think Mr. Mayer’s message is such a positive one, don’t you?
If you have single friends like I do, share this quote with them if you feel inclined. It might just cheer them up, especially if they might be feeling lonely this holiday.