Thursday, January 17, 2013

Making Myself Sit

Tonight after the homework was done, I sat on the couch with the kids while they watched The Lorax. I didn't sit for the whole movie, but for the first twenty minutes I stayed put, with children sitting on and around me. Their giggles are more intense, I have noticed, when I watch with them.

I hate the Lorax. I would never watch it by choice. And I don't sit down to watch movies much. There is always too much to do. Movies and videos are things I watch while doing housework, something to take the edge off time-consuming tasks that bore me.

My mother is a fiercely energetic woman who rarely sat down in my childhood. She was always active, always doing. The few tv shows that could tempt her to sit on the couch with us became events. I watched Remington Steele curled up next to her on the couch, even though she did not approve of Mr. Steele. "Oh," she would say when asked why she watched it anyway, "this show grows on you." A rerun of the original Start Trek might persuade her to sit for a while ("Oh, that Captain Kirk has such blue eyes"), and I once watched an old Humphrey Bogart movie with my head on her shoulder. I don't remember which one it was, but I remember Bogart made her heart beat faster.

There is always so much to do. It feels like nothing is ever done. But those thirty-year-old memories of my mother are precious to me, even now when she lives a mile away. They will be even dearer when she is gone.

So I sit on the couch and watch The Lorax. I laugh at the giggles, if not at the movie, and I hope some day my girls will remember this moment too.


  1. I am not a sitter. I did it better when I was younger, but these days I view family movies as a chance to get something done.
    That said, on Sunday evenings lately we've pulled out the Anne of Green Gables movies. I will sit and watch those. And my kids sit and watch with me, and you're right. It's important to sit, sometimes. And I hope my kids will have good memories of all of us crammed together on the couch.

    (I would not, could not sit through The Lorax, though. I turned it on, and left the room!)

  2. I've been trying to do a little more sitting these days, too. The boys are growing up so fast and I feel like I need to spend some time just looking at them-- while they still look like babies. I can barely remember Sofi as a two year old anymore...

  3. My memories of 'family moments' are sitting and watching not surprising that the same goes for my family. We like the competitions like Next Best Cake Baker or HGTV....actually I think they'd watch anything as long as we are together.

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