Collin and I love movies. We especially love them when going to see them benefits a worthy cause–so every year, on the first Saturday in December, we can be found at the Cans Film Festival.
The Cans Film Festival is an annual event held by the Salvation Army and Wehrenberg Theaters–take five cans of food, see a movie. Pretty simple, huh? Not the first time, but the organizers figured that out quickly–after having to deal with a lot of cold, angry people stuck waiting outside a theater, wondering if they’d ever get out of the lines and into the seats to see the movie of their choice. My mother was still with us that first time–it was before her first major stroke, and she could still walk and drive.
This year, I wasn’t sure I’d be attending. I’ve been having a lot of problems related to arthritis in recent weeks. Sometimes, I need a cane just to get from the living room to the kitchen. I knew I’d never be able to navigate a crowded movie theater and icy sidewalks–but thanks to my friend Carolyn and her church, who loaned me a wheelchair, and my friend Cathy, who picked it up and delivered it for me, I didn’t have to.
I hope this isn’t going to become a habit….
When we arrived at the theater, Collin spotted familiar faces right away–friends from church, Nicole, Kitty and Kyle (Nicole and Kyle are very talented writers, by the way–you’re going to be seeing a lot of both of them in the future). They’d just come from seeing a movie–so we were surprised to see Nicole and Kyle in the theater later, seeing the same movie we were seeing.
Like Collin and me, Kyle had seen Thor: The Dark World already, but we just can’t get enough of Thor and Loki!
After the movie, Collin and I went to the Schnucks across the street to buy some groceries before heading home–and there, ahead of us in the self-checkout line, was Kyle, making a few purchases before going back to see yet another movie!
Made me feel like a real wuss, whining about the cold and anxious to get home! There was a time I would have done a triple feature–but that was another century….