Things I’d Forgotten Were Fun

#01 — A family trip to the cinema

Andy Taylor


People in a cinema eating popcorn and smiling and laughing as they watch a film
Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko:

I’m not sure we realize just how different our lives are compared to pre-COVID. The whole thing took so long and our lives changed so much, that we just got used to pretty much everything changing.

It now feels odd not to wear a mask (and I still do in shops and on public transport, as is recommended still here in Wales, UK).

A couple of nights ago I went round a mate’s house to watch the football and have a couple of beers and it hit me that this is something I hadn’t done in nearly 2 and a half years.

Yesterday we took a family trip to the cinema — one of those big out of town ones with acres of carpet (I always wonder if they have a ride-on hoover to clean it).

We saw a kids film that was entertaining enough for the adults too. And we were all looking forward to it — to find an activity when that happens is a rare treat.

It was great fun. The big screen, the trailers, the shared audience experience, the popcorn, the “What did you think?” / “What was your favourite bit?” conversations afterwards.

It’s rare in life to get a second chance with a lesson learned. Perhaps we all need to go out and enjoy life a little more before the next unexpected life-changing event happens…

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Andy Taylor

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