I am not sure how it happened, but tonight I am going to do something very non-motherish. I am going to the midnight showing of Eclipse with a teenage friend who goes to a lot of midnight showings of movies. I don't think I would have gone along except a lot of her friends that would normally go with her are on a youth retreat this week.
Well, I suppose that's not the only reason. I'm kind of still a teenager at heart. I never wanted to age past seventeen. It was such a great age! Alas, I have now aged almost ten years past seventeen, and I am married with three small children. For the most part, I don't do anything especially exciting.
Occasionally though, it is still nice to do something that I would have done as a teenager. Like see two movies at the theater in one night, or go see the midnight showing of a movie. Actually, I never did either of those things when I was a teenager. I would have wanted to, but I either wouldn't have had the money or my parents wouldn't have let me. My mom is more of a practical person, and I can see her thinking that going to a midnight showing is ridiculous. I think my mom skipped being a teenager.
When I was seventeen, I stayed up late all the time. If I spent the night at a friends house, sometimes we would stay up all night. It wasn't a big deal then. I didn't have to get up in the morning and take care of anyone. Now, I go to this movie knowing that I will probably only get four hours of sleep and that I will be paying more of a price than just the cost of the movie.
I asked my mother-in-law if she could keep my older boys overnight, that way I could sleep in the next morning. We tentatively planned on that, but they suddenly decided to go to Kansas and are leaving this afternoon. Pretty suspicous, right? Actually, they have family out there, so it isn't as strange as it sounds. And they are taking Malachi, so that does help a little. More than a little, actually, because Malachi is the early bird around here.
I am now trying to figure out the point of writing all of this, and I've decided there isn't one. It's just what was on my mind, and I haven't written in a couple of days, even though I'm supposed to write every day. It was either this, or I try writing comedy. I've been watching Last Comic Standing and it makes me want to be a stand-up comedian. I just really have my doubts that I am funny enough for that. I can see myself standing on the stage making jokes that only I am laughing at, while everyone else is just sort of chuckling nervously and hoping that at some point I'll get funnier. More funny. Funnier. Whatever.