One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is snuggling down in front of the fire with the family,* sipping wine and watching some of our most beloved movies. Fortunately for me, this intimate group is overpopulated by nerds, and we love us some old musicals.
Tops on the list included Mame, Holiday Inn, High Society and Singin’ in the Rain. We can quote word for word, and often do. Bad sing-alongs break out, until the dog starts barking, or the one of us with the good musical ear calls a cease-fire.
Last night was a bit of Singin’. Of course no one would have the audacity to debate me about the best part of the movie … it’s certainly “Moses Supposes His Toeses are Roses.” But the most famous scene is, of course, the movie’s namesake. Gene Kelly’s joyful, playful, funny and astounding dance on water is iconic. (Rumor has it he performed it with a fever of 103 degrees, yes, I am that big of a ridiculous fan.) The exuberant celebration of life, love and infinite possibilities in that scene puts a silly grin on my face, and makes my snarky heart all melty, at least for a moment or two.
I turned to Hubs during that number and asked, “So when did you feel that feeling this year?” It was a great question to be explored, if Son 1 was not there with an eye roll and a shush. I put it on the back burner to pull out at a later date, most likely when dining out, to avoid being one of those “we’ve been married forever, so we don’t talk to each other when we eat” couples.
So here are my top three Singin’ in the Rain moments from 2017:
The solar eclipse. Here’s my blog about it, if you are interested, although there are really no words to adequately describe this awe-inspiring event. I quickly called Son 1, who only had a partial view, and told him he needed to put seeing a total eclipse of the sun on his life list.
Touring Catholic University’s basilica in Washington, D.C., on Easter weekend. It was decorated with thousands of Easter lilies, and we happened upon the choir practicing for service. It was spine-tinglingly beautiful in every respect. Click here to read more about the fun adventures on this trip.
The sunset viewed from Shirley Heights, a cliff at the highest point of the Caribbean island of Antigua. It’s tradition for everyone to gather here on Sunday evenings to enjoy music, food, drinks and the sunset. Locals and tourists from all over the world share tables and sitting areas, talking and laughing while watching the phenomenal canvas of nature come alive. We were travelling with some of our dearest friends, and I had that “I’m so lucky to be able to experience this” feeling that makes me so thankful for my life.
There were other, perhaps smaller moments, maybe more of a shuffled tap step or two … wonderful “best date weekend EVER” visits to Estes Park, Colorado, to watch our dream house come into reality, dinners with friends, laughing and reminiscing; holiday dinners with family; sharing the joy in our children’s successes; quiet nights at home, getting lost in a great book.
So … I know we all had set-backs, challenges and many levels of heartbreak this year. Life is never an easy ride. But I like to think our walk together on this earth is more of a group effort, instead of a competition. I would love to hear about the Singin’ in the Rain moments you experienced this year. Please leave a comment if so inclined.
My new year’s resolution for 2018: Seek out at least one toe-tapping moment every day.
*Son 2 would like it to be noted he does NOT voluntarily participate in these family gatherings. He is currently investigating the possibility that he was adopted.