I worked in the studio this morning and then took the 11:30 boat off the island to take my mother to a matinee  in Bar Harbor. During the winter, Reel Pizza, one of the local theaters, shows movies on Thursdays at 1:30, for a “cabin fever special.”  Senior citizens pay $3. They make delicious pizza, and the theater is set up to allow you to eat a pizza while watching the movie. Most evenings they show 2 movies at a time, (two small theaters) to a full audience, but the matinee is usually crowded or not depending on what’s showing. Today it was not too crowded; there were maybe 15 of us there to see the Selected Animated Shorts that will be voted on for an Oscar. (Some were good and some were so-so, but this will be the first year that I watch the Academy Awards and know what films they are talking about in that category.)  We didn’t care what we were watching. Mom lives in an assisted living facility and this is an easy outing for us to take with her wheelchair. It is a win-win situation for both of us. Mom gets to get away from the tedium of seeing the same 15 residents everyday, and I get a break from hearing about it. For two hours, any of our mother/daughter baggage is suspended and we are just two friends at the movies. Next week the movie is “The King’s Speech.” I saw it a few weeks ago when I was in Baltimore and it was fantastic. I can’t wait to see it again with Mom next week. We’ll be getting there early to make sure we get a good seat.

On my way home on the 5 p.m. boat, I looked out the window and saw what was a pretty, but unspectacular sunset. Not worth putting my book down to take a photo, I thought. A few minutes later I looked out a window on the other side of the boat and realized I was a few minutes too late for a pretty spectacular moon rise. One thing about my commute, it’s never dull.

Starboard side sunset:

Port side moon rise:



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2 responses to “Matinee

  1. Beautiful photos, and beautiful post about time with your mom. Thanks!


  2. “…just two friends at the movies.” What a lovely thought. I hope my daughter takes me (and our shared baggage) to the movies in my dotage. As if the pizza, movie & mom time weren’t treat enough, you got the sunset and moon rise, too? What a great day!


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