I remember seeing a local beauty pageant on TV when I was a kid. During the interview round, the MC asked a contestant, “If you won a million dollars, what would you do?” She smiled and looked genuinely surprised and happy, as if maybe it had really happened. Then she said “Oh, my! I would buy everything I ever wanted!”
I thought about this the other day at the Alamo Drafthouse’s Grease Sing-along. This is because the Grease Sing-along made me think of Mary Poppins.
It was around the same time, when I was ten or so, when Mary Poppins played on TV. I didn’t see it, but the day after, I heard every single kid in the whole fifth grade sing “A Spoonful of Sugar” all day long. It sounded like the greatest song that I had ever heard. And I was crushed. I was so sad that I missed the movie on TV. I thought I had missed my chance for my whole life, that there would never be another time to see the movie and I would never know what the song was about or get to see the actors sing it.
So, back to the Alamo last week. I thought about how AMAZING the world is now. How I can see the movie or hear the soundtrack for Grease or Mary Poppins or any other random movie I might thing of – on my TV, computer or phone – at home, work, an airport or a coffee shop, for not much money at all. I feel like I am living the beauty contestant’s dream, because when it comes to movies and music, I have everything I’ve ever wanted.
I know that about a week from now, I will take this for granted and it will just seem normal. But for now, I’m going to smile, be surprised and happy, and really, really enjoy having everything I’ve ever wanted.
Oh, and one more note, a few folks have asked about the Grease Sing-a-long when I wrote about it a few days ago. The Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar is playing it again July 8 – 17th. Some of the shows are sold out already, so you might want to get tickets ahead of time here.