I knew the answer right away: "No." But I wish I was a different type of person, someone who did enjoy going to the movies alone. I admire that kind of self-sufficiency. For me going to the movies is such a luxurious pleasure, what with the resting in cushy seats, the darkness, the hedonism, the snacks, and the huge entertainment of other lives and stories told, it's like experiencing a fabulous dream. That much pleasure is something I always seek to share. It's somehow not enough to live something intense all by myself. I'm sure that's a character flaw.
In fact I HAVE gone to the movies alone. I attended a Kurasawa festival back in college years, all on my own, and had a blast. I bet if I ever did take myself off to the movies alone now, I would have a great time. But, I'd probably have to tell someone about it afterward.
Before I had a baby, I had a lot of free time every day. I would go stretch out at a cafe with the Times or a novel and then wander off to yoga class. Work starts around 7 pm for me, three nights a week. Now that my daughter's in first grade, I have a bit of time free during school hours. I pick her up from school at 2:30 pm and a babysitter gives her dinner when I go off to work.
ok so i'm really really really good at dancing the tango.
also, reading poems.
the earthsea series
lawrence of arabia
the philadelphia story
howl's moving castle
& de caro
orange juice, eggs, french toast, pasta, cheese, peanut butter sandwiches, sushi, salads made by someone else, and plenty of fine chocolate brownies
and four pillows to sleep with
...but maybe with the right man, i could let go of one or two of the pillows...
i think about my girl: what opportunities we can take advantage of, how to support her in her own busy first-grade life, what with her love for chess class and music class....and what to do with all the clothes she has outgrown?
i think about what's going on among my circle of friends, and dream of finding time to visit each one... and sometimes it happens...