It all began on Wednesday night. Scott took me out to dinner and a show. And not just ANY show, he took me to see the Broadway version of Newsies. It was an absolutely perfect date.
We went to Chuys for dinner. (Chuys is my favorite!) As we visited and enjoyed our enchiladas, we discussed life and love and work and family. It was fun to reconnect. We did notice a sad trend though: We saw many people on "dates" but instead of enjoying each others company, they were on their phones and/or technology. Scott and I have a no phone clause on our dates. We consider our dates time to reconnect not catch up on social media, or playing games. It makes me sad about what this world is coming too. (Now don't get me wrong. I LOVE my technology. And sometimes I have to force myself to be present in the moment with my family. But I do try to make my family the number one priority over my i-phone.)
Newsies, the Musical ROCKED! I loved it!!!! Let's face it. Disney knows how to make you cry, laugh and in the end provide audiences with a satisfied ending to the story. And Newsies does all that and more. I started loving Newsies in high school. What could be better than watching a somewhat unknown Christian Bale dance around and stick it to the man by protesting through song and dance? The musical version was just as much fun. The dancing and singing were amazing. The sets were awesome. A few things about the story varied from the movie and I wasn't the biggest fan of those (I'm a movie purest) but I understand the stage needed something different. I couldn't have been happier.
And on a more personal level: I "tested" my husband with this musical when we were dating. He said he loved musicals. I had to make sure, before I started liking him too much, that he really did enjoy the musical genre, so I had him watch Newsies. He loved it as much as I did! So I fell for him!
Saturday night I got to go on another date. This time we double dated with the Bettenhausens. We went to Qdobas. (Another favorite restaurant.)
And then we went to see Mockingjay! If you don't enjoy (or haven't even read) the books, than this movie isn't for you. But I LOVE the books. I LOVE the characters. And I LOVED the movie (despite how sad it is.) I just wish we didn't have to wait an entire year for the next installment....
The Hunger Games trilogy is primarily a story about war and human tragedy. It is about what we will do to each other in the name of preventing the same thing from being done either to ourselves or to someone that we love. War is awful. War is messy. The plot is messy. Katniss's mental state is messy. I think, one of the main "take aways" from this story is this: Humans have always killed each other and will likely continue to do so. But we find the strength to love and continue on, despite the damage that has been done to us or by us. I liked the way Mockingjay ended. It was realistic and full of hope.