My dad used to laugh loud in the movie theater. I mean full body, snorting guffaws. As a kid it was both a signal to me as to what I should think was funny and deeply mortifying. I mean sink-into-your-seat-and-look-around-to-see-if-anyone-you-know-is-witnessing-this-embarrassment.
Every holiday, probably as a way to break up hours of family time, we would go to the movies. I love the whole production of going to the movies which has to include seeing all the trailers and Junior Mints. I am always moved by hearing people collectively laugh and cry and the comfy seats at the Falmouth Flagship Cinema are my favorite.
If my Dad were still here, he would be quoting this line from Seinfeld:
Kramer : Who's gonna turn down a Junior Mint? It's chocolate, it's peppermint, it's delicious.
Jerry : That's true.
Kramer : It's very refreshing.
When I really think about what I most miss about my dad and what I wish I had recorded, it was his big, boisterous laugh. Of course capturing his wisdom and stories would have been great, but it is the unique cadence of his voice and his laugh that I miss the most. Even a two minute trailer length recording would do.
Make sure you get the last laugh and record your stories in your own unique voice. Or, gift a loved one the opportunity to do so. I will help by supplying the recoding equipment and Junior Mints by request.
I hope your holidays are filled with lots of laughter, movie time, and chocolate peppermint treats.
P.S. Gift certificates are always available to be mailed or hand delivered if you live in the Portland, Maine area.