Monday, July 23, 2012
Our Afternoon with the Dark Knight
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.
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... 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.