After work today, I treated myself to dinner at a French restaurant in River Oaks. I sat at a little table for two, right next to a big window so the evening sun could rest on my shoulders. While I waited for my meal, I read a chapter of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.
Before walking across the street to Barnes & Noble, I scanned the marquee of the River Oaks Theater and decided in a split second that it might be fun to see a movie. Why not? There was a showing of Midnight in Paris at 7:15pm. Perfect. I had forty-five minutes to kill. So I made my way to the bookstore, curled up in one of their big comfy chairs, and dove once again into the riveting world of Jane Eyre. Let me just say, forty-five minutes seems like ten when you're under the spell of a good book. On my way out, I smiled at the same employee that teased Marissa, Kristen, and me a few months ago for confiscating all of the wedding magazines from the shelf. I don't think he recognized me, but he smiled back. A kind, genuine smile.
The theater was less crowded than I expected it to be on a Friday night. I bought a box of Raisinettes and picked a center seat, right in between a quiet young couple sharing popcorn and an older couple who filled the theater with their awkward laughter. The film began by lighting up the screen with snapshots of Paris while beautiful music played in the background. Instantly, I was smitten. And even though most of the clever jokes went right over my head, I loved every ninety-four minutes of it. (Paris, here I come.) Needless to say, I walked out of there feeling quite happy: never before had I gone to see a movie all by my lonesome, but my first time to do so was a success.
Driving home, I turned the radio up loud and sang every word to Shinedown's Second Chance. Although I don't terribly love that song, the experience was blissful. All of it -- the dinner, the comfy chair, the movie about Paris, the whole evening -- was absolutely wonderful. Who's to say a Friday night spent alone is a bad thing? Au contraire, mes amis.
|| film still via Reverse Shot ||