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Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Lesson at the Movie

Like many of you, I do not watch the news very much as it depresses me to see the state of our country and our culture.  But yesteday God used a trip to the movies to remind me that there are some caring people still among us.

Marvin had looked at the local movie listings and decided that at 1:45 yesterday we had a window of opportunity to see Mockingjay part 2 without interrupting his football viewing. :) So we headed to the Decatur Carmike Theater, purchased our tickets,  found a seat on the aisle for my husband's long legs and got ready to see the movie. We noticed that there was an elderly man in the row in front of us who was with a young adult male who was mentally disabled. The young man talked out loud a couple of times during the previews but he was not distracting me. Since Baylor has come into our family, I find I am much more compassionate regarding those who struggle along these lines.

The movie came on after many previews and we were all enjoying the first minutes when the movie stopped and the emergency lights came on in the theater. We had seen several previews of apocalyptic movies and I was just wondering what was going on! The young man in front of us was upset. He wanted them to FIX IT.  He was there for the movie and could not understand why it had stopped. About that time we found out that a transformer in the area had blown and if we would wait we would be instructed about our options once things became clear.  The young man's companion tried to explain it to him but without much success.  A very kind lady who was seated nearby began talking to the young man. She was asking him about his Thanksgiving. Did he eat turkey yesterday? She had ham at her house. Well this did distract our young friend and soon he got his jacket and was moving down the row to sit next to his friend. His companion let him sit there a minute then he reminded Young Friend that everyone needs their personal space.lol I think every person in that area of the theater was impressed with the care and concern that was given to make Young Friend feel better. A bit later someone from management came in to tell us to keep our stubs and we could see another movie at any time during the next six months.  After being offered the option of going home to watch a movie and returning today to see Mockingjay, our friend was happy to go home without incident.

On our ride home, Marvin and I were talking about how nice that young lady was and how it restored our faith in the kindness of others.  Today we will return to the movie theater at 9:30 am  to see the end of the Hunger Games triology. I am hoping Young Friend will be there too!!

7 comments:

Terri D said...

It does restore your belief in humanity when you can witness something like that. God bless her and her understanding. I want to see that movie too. We may get there this coming weekend.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm glad things turned out. That's a lesson we can all learn from, especially at this time of year. Sweet hugs, Diane

Gina said...

Arlene, so nice to hear your sweet story. What a gracious woman to calm that young man with her gentle words. Did you enjoy the movie?

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

I LOVE nice people!

Arlene said...

It was nice to see care and concern for others displayed at our local movie theater. Gina we went back at 9:30 Saturday morning and yes, it was good and much better than part one.

Mildred said...

That is a tender story of love and understanding.

Arlene said...

Yes Mildred, it was so sweet.