Day 29: A Picture Perfect Movie Date

Maddie’s Girl Scout troop was hosting a “She and Me” viewing of the new, live action Beauty and the Beast movie at our local theatre. I threw on a sweatshirt and some yoga pants and tossed my unwashed hair into a sloppy ponytail. As I was rummaging through the cabinet for our tickets, I saw the event flyer amidst a pile of papers.

She and Me Event
Beauty and the Beast

Purchase a snack pack for $4.00.

Photos will be taken before the movie!

Photos? I looked at myself in the mirror. I certainly looked more beast than beauty. Suddenly, I imagined the scene: Little Girl Scouts parading around the lobby of the theatre in their dress-up Belle gowns. And the moms -you know those moms – perfectly outfitted in the trendiest outfits, not a hair out of place. Some of them would probably be wearing coordinating She and Me outfits. Well, it was too late to change now. We’d have to go as we are.

Maddie and I chatted all the way to the theatre. She shared some first-grade struggles she’d been having with her friend recently, and I told her I’ve had similar struggles myself. I was so enjoying Maddie’s company that I had almost forgotten about the photos when we arrived at the theatre.

There was a long line to get your She and Me picture. Sure enough some of the girls were wearing Belle dresses and some of those moms were there, but I didn’t much care because I had Maddie by my side and when was the last time I got to hang out alone with Maddie?

“Do you want to wait in line for a picture, Maddie?” I asked.

“Nah, let’s get some candy,” she answered. We stocked up on popcorn and candy and pop, chatting and laughing all the while.

We soon settled into our seats and the lights dimmed. We were riveted to the screen. We sang all the songs and snuggled close when the movie got scary. I don’t know if Maddie saw the tear slip from my eye when Belle and the Beast finally danced in the ballroom.We yelled “Kiss him! Kiss him!” when the final rose petal was about to fall, and we clapped when the movie was over. Maddie and I loved the movie.

By the time we exited the theatre, the ‘professional’ photo opportunity was gone, so we stopped to snap a quick picture in front of a banner.

I glanced at Maddie in the rear view mirror on the way home.

“I had fun hanging out with you at the movie,” I said.

“Me too, Mom,” she replied.


Thirty-one stories in thirty-one days as part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge at Two Writing Teachers.

13 thoughts on “Day 29: A Picture Perfect Movie Date

  1. Spending time together — snuggling, talking, and holding each other when life gets scary — is what matters most. Faux photos for Facebook aren’t what matters. You and Maddie have your priorities straight.

    Btw: You lookgreat, Dana!

  2. Aw. Love this Dana. What a special mom and daughter time. I love your ending. And also that part about those moms… yes- I know them. Was never one of them!

  3. I love this post!!! How cute is that pic of you two after the movie too!? It’s perfect as it’s real and just captures a great moment of the two of you hanging out, being you. Love it! Oh, and if it makes you feel better, I am ALWAYS that mom. (no makeup, baseball hat, yoga pants) Ha. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Sounds lovely. 🙂 Way better than if you’d both been dressed up. I have dying to have a moment at this movie with my 6 year old, but she is convinced the movie will be too scary. 😦 (LOL)

  5. This wonderful post certainly captures the essence of what spending special time with a daughter or son is all about. Obviously, there’s lots of beauty inside both of you and in your relationship. Keep focusing on that and appreciating these moments.

  6. One on one time is always special! What a great way to spend time with your girl. I’m looking forward to taking my girls to see Beauty and the Beast also.

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