I let my inner teenager out last night; my schedule is thrown off today! My daughter and I have read, watched the Twilight saga unfold. We had discussed going to Eclipse, the 3rd installment. She was asked by a few friends to go; I felt torn... This is something we share, she can ask friends to go with us, but I didn't want to be excluded. I am rarely selfish, I usually go with the flow, but this time, I didn't. I took her to the first movie, bought her the books, T-shirt, bracelets, etc.
I told her she could take friends with us; In a couple of years, I will be like the toy she use to enjoy and tossed aside. (No, I haven't seen Toy Story 3, yet) These moments to share, will be less frequent. Friends become family at this age and more so, through the teen years. I will be phased out like the moon cycles, there will be moments of needing me, like the Full Moon needs the sun to illuminate, but I will be waxed and quartered, it will be a new cycle. I am the sun, she is the moon..I will be constantly be there when needed, as she goes through these cycles of growth. There will be shadows of me, through out her life. When the opportunity arises, like an eclipse, it needs to be shared. In life, it is the constant that we grow, change and redefine our place.
She said, she wanted to go with me, but I could feel the gravitational pull of her friends. " Fine, go with your friends", I said. Something shifted, she decided to go with me. I went online and bought tickets for the 12:15am show, Yes, I was in a line of 200 people in the wee hours of the morning. We arrived at 10:20pm stunned at the long lines.
The crowd cheering Team Edward, Team Jacob; someone had a dog it was part wolf, near the theater. It
was quite entertaining. Some Moms had their daughters, dressed in Team Jacob shirts, every 20 min, they would line up in front of the crowd and do a cheer, "Real Men don't sparkle, they have abs"...everyone was laughing and boisterous. We started talking to the young women in front of us and ended up sitting with each other. We had great balcony seats; They opened 5 theaters for the crowd. No one was dressed up like vampires, we really figured someone would be. Everyone was giddy and excited; People laughed, oohed and aaahhhed, during the movie, cheering and clapping at times. Everyone left on a happy note; we live 45min from the theater. We arrived home at 3:20 am. Was it worth it? Oh, yeah....her friend just called, I can hear them discussing it. Her friends just left the theater. She just told me "I had more fun with you".... I wanted her to see the hype and be part of something unique, memorable. This reminds me of lining up for
"Star Wars", when it was released, the long lines and anticipation. It is something I will never forget; this was my goal, a memory that will stand out. We shared an Eclipse together, not just the movie, but a rare moment in time, that won't be long forgotten. Eclipses are rare and worth staying up for....