Monday, July 23, 2012

Our Afternoon with the Dark Knight

I stared at my reflection in the mirror as I brushed my hair. Internally, I was working on conflict resolution.

We shouldn't be going. 
Nothing's going to happen. 
But what if it does?
You will all be just fine.
I don't want to go.
You're going.
Why are we going?
Listen, this is the first movie the entire family wants to see together. Can you remember the last movie you all went to see together as a family? Didn't think so.
A MED STUDENT?
A med student. Smart kids have issues, too.
Neuro??
Neuro... get over it. Put on your happy face and go enjoy time with your family.

I cursed the guy who made me feel such a way. He was ruining our family time. Intruding in our lives and everyone else's life in this nation for that matter.

Begrudgingly, I accompanied the rest of the family to a matinee showing of The Dark Knight Rises. I carefully scanned the packed theater as I found the only 5 seats left open. What was I looking for? Someone dressed in pure black? Someone dressed as the Joker? Someone wearing his or her white lab coat? As I sat in the last block of continuous 5 seats available in the theater, I found myself relieved we were just a few long strides from the emergency exit.

Emma, you're being incredibly ridiculous.
Maybe I am, but that's not stopping me from scanning and making a mental imprint of every person who enters this theater.

I couldn't help but sense the eeriness as the movie began with a funeral scene. Why had I agreed to this? It felt incredibly morbid. Wrong. I thought of all the families who, within days, would find themselves seated in front of caskets. Unnecessary heartbreak. Unnecessary death.

Yet, I sat there, sharing a bucket of popcorn with Doc H and the kids and watched. The movie progressed and we were sucked in the world of the Dark Knight.

When the lights came up, Doc H and I turned to look at each other. I think we were both surprised at the realization we had smiles on our faces. I looked at our kids and they were all smiling. Together, as a family, we walked out of the theater as the kids were laughing and enthusiastically recapping the movie. It felt good.

I was relieved and satisfied the neuro student did not rob us of this family moment.



18 comments:

  1. Don't worry.. I felt the exact same way yesterday when my partner and I went to see this movie.. and I live on the other side of the world! :(

    Fantastic movie though. So glad that I agreed to go and see it. Happy that your family got to enjoy the movie too. :)

    - Felicity. xo
    www.pursuitoffelicity.com

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    1. Thanks, Felicity! It was a great movie and I am so glad we all saw it together!

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  2. You took the thoughts right out of my head...My poor husband has been dying to see it but I am fixated with the idea of those poor families suffering...I am glad to know I am not alone. Thank you for writing this.

    Blissful Love,

    Nicki G. The Blissful Wife
    www.blissfulvida.com

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    1. Go see it! I thought it was a very good and the last Batman movie I saw was when Michael Keaton was Batman!
      If anything, go see it for those who wanted to and no longer can. I'm glad I went.
      Hugs!

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  3. I went to see the Dark Knight Friday night and felt the same way. Glad I wasn't the only one!

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  4. So awful :( Feels like nothing is ever safe any more. I remember after all the school shootings ie. VA Tech, my heart would skip a beat when some random person would come into classrooms unannounced and/or unexpected. So unfair that a few people can ruin it for the rest of us.

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    1. I think it's so awful that we live in that type of world!

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  5. I'm glad you were able to overcome your trepidation about going to see the movie and ended up having great family time. :)


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    1. I'm so glad I went. I told them to go without me at first. Really glad I went.

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  6. Just want to point out that he wasn't a med student...he was a PhD student in neuroscience.

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    1. At the time we went to the movies, we had just heard the initial report that he was a med student. Later, after the movies, we heard the update on his student status. I waffled over changing that in my post, but I decided to just go with what I was thinking that exact moment.
      Thank you for pointing that out! ;)

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  7. It is so sad what happened :( I've been pretty conflicted about going, because I feel the same way. I'm now afraid of going to the movies.
    I'm glad that you guys were able to enjoy the movie as a family :D

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    1. Don't be afraid. Just go and enjoy. Otherwise, we just give them all the power. Right?

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  8. It sort of like getting back on the horse. You can't let someone else's selfish stupid act rob you of your right to life and good times. Glad you enjoyed the movie with your family.

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    1. Exactly! But I won't lie... there's a moment of hesitation. But, yes, you just have to do it!

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  9. I was so shocked to find out this guy was a med student... crazy!

    coming over from TTUT
    tnicolej.blogspot.com

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    1. Well, he wasn't. Initial reports pegged him a med school student, but he was really in a neuroscience PhD program... not medical school. When we were heading to the movies, I thought he was a med school student.

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