Sunday, September 04, 2016

A Little Something for the Weekend: Summer Series Watching

PHS Columnist and Harlequin Historical author Nicole Locke admits - I have the attention span of a gnat.

We’re a restless family. As a result, we don’t sit down very often. We eat around the table and then 20 minutes later up we pop.

Unless it’s film night, then we sit, eat and watch moving pictures. Except there’s a saying: Wherever you go, there you are.

That applies for film night, too. Over the years, we’ve somehow programmed ourselves with 20 minutes sitting down as a family. So it takes some work to watch a film. Mostly it takes two days, if it’s long, it’ll take us three.

Which is fine by us; we’re used to it. Unless we’re trying to watch a series, then that’s a true commitment. One we very often fail at.

I can’t tell you how many times we’ve tried to watch Pirates of the Caribbean only to get half through the first film and something interrupts us (husband works late, son at friend’s house, etc.).

Once we’re interrupted, we somehow don’t return to a film. Or maybe it doesn’t return to us. As if in exasperation it flounces away from our crazy schedules and short attention spans.

However, this summer we vowed we'd watch the Pirate series. That's what holidays are all about, right? Relaxing, doing nothing, etc. Certainly watching a film can't be too arduous of a goal.
Except wherever you go (summer holiday), there you are (20 minute attention spans). It’s now the beginning of September. We’ve had six weeks of holiday and in four days the kids return to school. Tonight we’ve just started The Curse of the Black Pearl.
What’s the game plan to tame the restless family? Well so far: dinner took us 20 minutes, dessert another 20 minutes. I’m actually typing this to keep me sitting down, while my husband is corralling the kids on the sofa. There’s lots of territorial quibbles going on. One child (I’m not naming names) had an extra scoop of ice cream (husband took it to make it fair).

So while dialogue is snappy, action is actiony and jokes are funny, there’s a running commentary, my keyboard is clacking and bowls are being scraped with spoons.

Still we’ve made a vow; we’ll muster through this somehow and make it to the other side. Guess what? I’m done with this post; and we’re done watching the film.
Now we have to see what happens tomorrow… Wish us luck.

-- Nicole :-)

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