Nick and I have not seen a movie in a theater for years, mostly due to time and unpleasant theater goers. But suddenly, in the last week, we found ourselves in the theater three times! And all for different movies.
We saw Skyfall (felt bad for Bond), The Hobbit (wow) and Argo (double wow.) What a difference good writing makes. I've heard Hollywood writers are underpaid, and that's a darn shame, because the more I see, the more I realize... good writing kicks a**. And makes a movie watchable for decades.
Anyhow, The Hobbit held a special place in my heart. Yes, I'm a nerd, yes, I've read all the books and yes, none of them were the abridged versions.
But The Hobbit hugs my heart for a different reason.
Long ago, decades, it feels like, Nick and I were coming towards the end of our four month road trip. We had finally reached the West Coast again, and though we were tired, we were in for the hardest part of our journey by far.
A friend asked us, when we returned home, "were your lives ever in jeopardy?"
"Yes" we replied. "Yes."
In reality, our lives were in jeopardy about three times total, but the most terrifying occurence took place right there towards the end of our trip.
It was nothing short of a nightmare. We still have bad dreams about it.
But in the trauma and the processing that took place afterwards, I remember one key moment as my turning point in recovery.
My dance partner, Josh Clark, texted me the following quote:
"Adventures are not all pony-rides in May-sunshine."
It was a quote from The Hobbit. And it changed everything for me.
You see, I had loved our adventures... but I had felt betrayed when they turned so very dark and ugly. But there is no adventure worth reading (or living) that doesn't have scary parts.
And so, I realized, we had a complete adventure... with its own dragon and everything.
I wonder if you saw The Hobbit, and whether or not it resonated with you when the company was gone, and everything was grey... and the main character realized that he had a glimpse of real & true living with his visitors, and ran out the door to join them, starting a journey that will now be laid out for us across three amazing movies.
I suspect our own little adventure holds enough for more movies than that, and for that I am now grateful. It was like coming home, seeing The Hobbit... and that meant we had grown. And that's a good thing.