Friday, July 03, 2009


I needed a good coffee.

After all, I'd left the movie theatre in tears.

Last night we saw UP, by Disney Pixar. I believe Walt Disney would be proud to see his name once again connected with quality work after a long era of substandard entertainment.

UP has the humor and sweetness for kids with an incredible plot line (yes, a real plot line) and life lesson for adults. I haven't cried so much (in a good way) since Forrest Gump. (As a side note, the action in 3-D may be a bit intense for little ones, so you may go with the 2-D version.)

Before the movie, Hubs asked if we wanted snacks. I passed on the $3.00 box of Snow Caps. (In all honesty, I don't even know the price of Snow Caps these days. I'm just guessing they were $3.00 a box. At that rate, there should be a Willy Wonka golden ticket tucked inside.)

So I decided to spend wisely (ahem) and wait for a $4.00 coffee.

When the movie was over, we stopped at Starbucks, and headed back to our condo. There were a few moments of daylight left, so we walked to the beach.

I stood there in the surf, flip flops off, with latte in hand and said to Hubs, "Oh, no. I've become a yuppie."

All I needed was a very small dog and a J. Crew catalog.

He assured me that I was not. We laughed and continued to walk.

I held my husband's hand and watched my daughter scurry for shells as the sun was already setting behind high rises and family vacation homes. I thought of Carl and Ellie.

Of adventure.

For most of us, adventure comes in packages of newborn baby blankets, ten year wedding anniversaries, and boxes of mac n' cheese.

It greets us at the door when we get home from work. It draws cards for us on Mother's Day.

It wakes us up in the night with an ear infection. It makes us weep at a grave.

It washes away on a sandy shore. It drives away for college.

We walked. I held my husband's hand, the moon now high, and thought of all my everyday adventures.

And that someday, maybe, I'll even get a very small dog.

Shhhh... don't tell Maggie.


boomama said...

Isn't that movie THE SWEETEST? I was so unprepared for that. And oh, the life lessons - about marriage, about investing in people, about learning to let go of the junk that holds you back. I loved it SO MUCH. If you can't tell.

Roxanne said...

Wonderful post--wonderful.

I really liked it too. . .we saw it at the drive in theater on a perfect May night before summer accosted us. There was an adventure right there. My FAVORITE line came from Dug, "I was hiding under your porch. . .because I love you. . ."

I am now going to float peanut shell boats in the bathroom sink with my boy.

2Thinks said...

I also was happy that Disney finally put out something quality for the whole family that was family friendly and had meaning and some good depth and story line to it. I enjoyed it in 3-D, but we went w/our adult children, we don't have little ones.

Your personal thoughts that followed were beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Susanne said...

My daughter said "Up" was a masterpiece. I haven't seen it yet. Maybe this weekend. This post gave me warm fuzzies.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I was unprepared for the bittersweet part of that movie, and it really brought me down, but other than that, I loved it. I also love the picturesque scene you've created for us on the beach. I am now whining because you didn't bring me along. I have a small dog which I would've loaned if I could've traipsed behind.

Susan Skitt said...

Oh I'm with you on the movie UP, loved it and this post too.

Adventure is in the everyday that God brings into our lives. Through the blessings and trials, joys and difficulties with God's help we can learn to live the adventure He has for us and quench our thirst through the water of His Word! Everything else will pass away.

Happy 4th!

P.S. I'm with you on the golden ticket in those movie candy boxes, I think in the end the golden ticket holders are the candy companies - lol!

Carie said...

Happened upon your blog and have enjoyed reading. We also saw "Up," and the movie really challenged me to stop considering every day as humdrum life and to realize that my dreams didn't die: I just have new dreams, and these are part of everyday life--part of the adventure. :-)

Thanks for your transparent writing.

Paige said...

What a sweet and wonderful post. I'm hoping to see UP soon.

kimberly t. bowling said...

Just saw UP last night with my kiddos. We all loved it. Such a sweet story line...and as so many before have state, your post afterward was equally sweet. Enjoying the reality of life...that's what's improtant! The moments.