Monday, July 20, 2009

Drive-In Movies - Not what you remember

We had a crazy busy weekend . . . Saw Harry Potter, went to the Brimfield Antique Show, dropped of DS at Boy Scout Camp, went to family gathering at the beach, and brought DD to play rehearsal. Thank goodness it is Monday. Now maybe we can relax a little.

I should have known that it was going to be a crazy weekend based on our Friday movie trip. We have been looking forward to Harry Potter since the last one ended and so as a family we planned immediately to go when the new one hit the movie theater. DS had even refused payment for mowing the lawn in an effort to “pay” for the evening. So Friday night, we packed everything up – popcorn, drinks, pillows, chairs, and blankets to go to the drive-in.

We thought the kids would love this experience. We had taken them many years ago, but it was pretty faded in their memories. As soon as my husband pulled in from work, we threw everything in the truck and as we threw the last item in, I heard the rumble of thunder. I said, “Do you think we should change our plans and go to the regular theater?”

“We’ll be fine.” I should have recognized these famous last words. We did make it to the drive-in. We did set up our family friendly truck viewing area.

And we did eat dinner.

BUT - - -we only saw about 30 minutes of the movie. After sitting for the 2 ½ hours before the movie, it started to drizzle just as the movie started. With the drizzle came an onslaught of bugs. The rain, I think, we could have endured, but the bugs were truly a plague. We were getting eaten alive and no amount of bug spray seemed to deter them. After about a half an hour, we all agreed to give up. We turned the truck around and tried to watch from inside, but that was not very successful. If the windows were up, we fogged up the windows. If the windows were down, the bugs came back. Finally, we gave up which led to sighs from DS who had worked so hard for this evening. DH and myself looked at each other and said, “Do you want to go to the regular theater?” So we set off to closest regular theater and caught the 10:15 showing and ended up coming home at 2 in the morning.

While DS still says that it is the worst $20 he ever spent, I think his $20 which turned into ($20 drive in + $16 dinner + $42 regular theater +$16 popcorn and soda) a whole lot more, actually bought us all a memory that we will talk about for years to come.


Andy's Bethy said...

We have some great memories at the drive-in too. For some reason watching movies laying the back of a truck is just more fun.
However, I don't know if you were reading my blog last time we went to the drive-in. Backing into the driveway at 2am the truck and mailbox got into a "disagreement". That was one of those "worst $20 I ever spent" nights... since it is going to cost a whole lot more then that in the long run!

Dawn said...

Yes, I'm guessing you won't ever forget that trip to the Drive-In! ;) You've got a good story now.