The evening began with sweet and kindly voices calling out as my car drove up. "Grandma! You CAME!" Heads bobbed, and bicycles halted to better facilitate the hugging. This portended good things to come, and I could hardly wait.
There was a plan. First we would eat. The nearby Thai restaurant was deemed worthy and delectable and entirely proper for children and adults. The three adults (Grandpa was not there, this time) chatted and laughed, and ordered:
- cashew chicken
- yellow chicken curry
- orange chicken
- I forgot the fourth choice
- white rice
Most of us had good appetites, it seems, because every little bit was consumed. Which then took us to our next activity:
Girls clothes shopping at Nordstrom Rack!
The girls were with the girls, as we centered our focus around finding clothes for the 4-year-old. It must be said that the 4-year-old was excited about this prospect, able to find almost limitless choices for purchase. We three spent an hour looking, choosing out, trying on, and deciding which belonged in the 'yes' pile and the 'no' pile. Three blondes found common ground on a nice sized pile of 'yes' items. At one point the small girl rang out, "But Mommy! It's ALL the 'yes' pile!!" (spoken like a true female).
But the highlight of the evening was in dashing over to see the new film Big Hero 6. The six of us filed into our seats and were immediately amazed. The movie was preceded by a cartoon about a dog and his owner. Hahahahahaha, it was hilarious! Please, if you can go to Big Hero 6, be sure and arrive in time to see this cartoon. The BEST!
Big Hero 6 itself was just as good, and had us entertained throughout the one hour, 48 minute adventure. Everyone was laughing, and no one was bored. It was funny and sad, and poignant, and scary, all in one computer animated experience. I was so glad to see something new and fresh, after lesser offerings such as Gone Girl and Fury which reportedly were anything but uplifting. This film was.
Not every movie deserves a second viewing. But in this case? I would - and will - spend that money again. I am laughing again at its quirky funniness as I write.
Whoever came up with this story, and this film, and these characters, has my vote. It's nice to know someone took the time, and bothered, and I for one hope they do it some more.
See you along the way!
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