Saturday, February 28, 2009
Young at Heart
It was easy to get a parking spot because I arrived forty-five minutes early. The doors to the auditorium were propped open, light spilling out onto the cement staircases leading up to the entry. As I reached the top step, the aroma of popcorn wafted over me and lured me in. Staccato pops, like tiny firecrackers, echoed in the hall as the glass cube filled with buttery blossoms.
Over the next half hour, the energy in the auditorium soared as group after group of teens and twenty-somethings rushed in, dressed in jeans, flip-flops, hoodies, and caps. The noise level rose, as well, as they giggled, shrieked, guffawed, shouted, and chatted each other up before the movie started. Tiny light squares floated throughout the auditorium like electronic fireflies as text messages flew back and forth.
I sat in a center row against a wall, perfectly placed to watch "Twilight", a free screening for students and guests. Munching on my popcorn, I blended into the crowd and settled into the cushy blue seat as the lights were turned down. No advertisements, no coming attractions, just straight into the movie and all the fun.
Though I went alone, it was a fun diversion that kept me out well past my bedtime. For just a little while, I was a young college student, gathering for a late-night campus event. What is age anyway? Just an annoying little number.
Peace - D
And oh-so-cool J over at Occasionally J bestowed this award on me for writing a blog that shows great attitude/gratitude! I figured I'd patch it onto this post, as I certainly felt grateful to be a part of the big college "gang" Friday night!