Imagine, if you will, it’s 5 pm, I’ve already had dinner (dad is obviously out of town), and I’ve turned in. Hey, I had physical therapy this morning and I’m beat—please don’t judge. Not turned in to go to sleep, mind you, but to relax beforehand. My DVR has some good things recorded: “This is Us,” “Code Black,” “Intervention.” Or, I might choose to read on my TV using Apple TV, where my book shows up on my TV because of the mirroring feature. Another option is watching streaming Netflix. I’m on a “Fuller House” kick now.
The electric blanket is on and Maggie might be on the foot of my bed. Although nothing is supposed on top of the electric blanket, a 30-pound dog doesn’t count on a chilly evening, does it?
I signal that I’m ready for bed at nine (I am an early riser) using an app on my iPad that flashes a light in the family room for Mom and Dad.
Although I turn in early, I love my bed. You would probably agree with me when I say that sleep—your bed, period—is very underrated.
Do you watch a movie strictly for it’s entertainment value, or can you usually see deeper messages in it? I have Netflix, and there is always the iTunes store, so I basically can view any movie anytime. I have seen some good ones this year. “American Sniper” and “McFarland” were my favorites.
When I leave the theater, I will say how good the movie was. But later, when I have had time to mull it over in my head, I can usually pick out things we all can relate to. Take “McFarland;” it basically said through hard work, anything is possible.
Some of my favorites have similar “morals.” I have no idea when I will have nieces and nephews, but the following few movies they can watch with Auntie Erin. Besides being a good story, the movies have a meaning that is essential.
“October Sky” and “Gifted Hands” tell about how education is the key to anything, be it a rocket scientist like Homer Hickim, or Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon turned now presidential candidate.
“That Thing You Do” is just a fun story of four or five friends who have a garage band turned number one hit in the early sixties. Sometimes you just have to have a little fun!
If I had to narrow it down to just one movie that sums up what it means to be human, I’d be here all day!