Friday night is dinner and family movie night. Each week we have dinner and a film suitable for the whole family ranging in age from 5 to 80 plus. Dinner is always good. But sometimes we end up with a film that few, if any, family members really like. That’s what happens when family members widely differ. The teenagers wander off and disappear. The 5 year old falls asleep. The 6 year old reads an Archie comic in the dark. The 4 adults wonder why they are there watching _______ when they would really want to be watching ________.
Recently we watched The Long Green Line. Ever heard of it? It’s about cross country running and a fabulous coach in Elmhurst Illinois. Have you ever heard of Elmhurst?? Well I have but not for more than 50 years! That’s where I went for my first real job interview upon completion of my Master’s Degree in Geography at Northwestern. I’m not quite sure why I went – maybe more out of curiosity than anything else. But I was ready to give it a shot if I got positive vibes. No such thing – by the time I got there via the train to downtown Chicago and then another train to Elmhurst, I’m afraid that I was not feeling disposed to receive positive vibes if indeed there were any. All the people I met were very nice and courteous etc and Elmhurst was a nice looking town…..but a small suburb of Chicago was not for me at that point in my life.
The Long Green Line was inspirational. A good choice for 3 of the 4 adults at least.