Nuggets from a Drive-In

Friday at work I had two nuggets: Focus on What You HAVE and Turn Calamities in Opportunities. These were quoted to me from someone at Heartfelt from programs or books they were listening to, but they stuck.

Friday late afternoon we conquered (I hope) bowling with just the two of us. Later that night we opted to try the Drive-In that we all loved so dearly. As you know, our family LOVES history. In the Drive-In theater’s prime, there were around 5,000 theaters, now less than 500, right around 400. We are blessed with the Tri-Way, four screens, double feature every open night, and just 45 minutes away.

Another fun thing is that you can pay a cover charge and take in all the food you want, or they do have an amazing snack bar serving pizza to funnel cakes and cappuccinos. We had gone a couple of times a few years ago. Last year when we got the truck we were all excited because now we could sit in the bed, with our individual transistor radios, and not worry about the battery going dead. Yeah! Ummm…no time last year, but “We will next year.” Wow was that phrase over used.

We decided to go for it.

Archie and Taylor’s (ok, mine, too) favorite show was/is, “Psych.” One of our favorite episodes takes place at a drive-in theater. This make it double the enjoyment.

Taylor and I arrived 10 minutes before the advertised start. That’s about an hour before the film actually begins because it doesn’t get dark until waaaaay late. For the first time, we didn’t pay the cover charge. With just the two of us, we couldn’t justify spending that much when we could probably get drinks cheaper at the snack bar. Another change.

We had to park with the “big trucks” because technically we are a truck, but the guy said if it were up to him we’d park with the cars (we have a tiny truck). Taylor and I found a good spot, parked and headed for the snack bar.

Everything at the snack bar reminded us of our favorite episode of Psych, so we were cracking jokes while enjoying the fair-like smells. Do you want a glimpse?

IMG_20160617_210012 I still take picture of almost every moment.

We aren’t guaranteed the next, so this one is very important. This again reminds me of one of the nuggets: focus on what we have. We didn’t have enough people to take our own food, but we got to experience the snack bar. It’s small, but it’s still focusing forward.

Next, back to the truck to set up the chair. Arch and I had a two seater. Now, Taylor said, she’ll just share with me:

IMG_20160619_014807Seats: check

Radios: check           Blankets: check        Drinks: check

Movie time:

IMG_20160617_213348Yes, I am borrowing Archie’s socks.

As the daylight faded, the tears emerged as we realized we were at the same screen as the last time we were there as a complete family. Another first.

Taylor is a Johnny Depp fan, so we were actually there for the second feature, Alice Through the Looking Glass. Though we didn’t pull out of the theater until 1:37 am (Crazy! I haven’t been out that late/early since….the last drive-in, and I’m older now!!!!), the nugget that stuck with me was,”You can’t change the past, but you can learn from it.”

Granted it was late/early, but the three nuggets from the day were swirling in my very tired head:

  • Focus on what you have
  • Turn calamities into opportunities
  • You cannot change the past, but you can learn from it.

Is it just me or do all of those go together?

I cannot change the fact that Archie went home nor should I focus on the gigantic hole it has left. I need to look/focus on the lessons I’m learning from this and seek opportunities to comfort others who are just beginning this journey.

Esther 4:14 “Perhaps this was the moment for which you have been created.”

I think I’ll have to let that idea sink in for a while… .

–Blessings–

 

 

 

 

Author: Tracy Cook

Widowed one week before our 27th wedding anniversary, Heavenly Dad continues to carry me, now blessing me with a second chance for love.

2 thoughts on “Nuggets from a Drive-In”

  1. What a great story… And a great lesson: don’t always look behind… Enjoy the moment.. And what a great moment… 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  2. You are such an encouragement and inspiration. Keep on taking those “next steps,” we’re all right with you- standing by you, praying for you, and ready to support you- every step of the way!!! May blessings, peace, and quiet joy abound in your life always. <3

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