boy do i need a nap. we went to the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince last night. it was a wonderful show we had a wonderful time and the place was packed!! Harry Potter fans are some of the most polite people i swear. they helped us find seats and they were all telling jokes waiting for the movie then at one point a fan, draped in a Harry Potter cape and riding a broom stick went running through the theater screaming "Harry Potter" over and over, the whole crowd cheered. they were loud and excited and as soon as the movie came on the place was instantly quiet. not a rude person in the house. the movie, of course was not the same as the book, but when they did follow the book they followed it well, the graphics were phenomenal and there were some very funny parts where everyone laughed and some sad parts where everyone, i mean even the grown men were crying it was just a special thing to be a part of. if you are not a Harry Potter fan you won't understand. but for me and "A" well she received the first book when she was 7 years old as a Christmas present, i had never heard of it. so a few days after Christmas we were in her room and she hadn't looked at the book, she still could not read very well, and so i picked it up to take a look and next thing i know i am on page 10. so i said "hey girl this is pretty good you should read it." so she said can you read some to me? and i did. and that is how it started. now J.K. Rowling has completely made up this entire fantasy land in the book and there are some pretty big made up words that are hard to pronounce. So i would read aloud and then after a while "A" asked if she could read a bit, it is really how she learned to read is through these books. then we found out there were more at that time only 4 books were out i think, and we were hooked. then mom got in on it and would read with us. she enjoyed listening while we read aloud. so when the first movie came out, we had no idea yet how big this book really was, that is until we got to the theater. there were grown adults dressed as wizards!! there were kids dressed as characters, it was like going to disneyland!! they were sitting down in line playing wizards chess right there in the theater. it was so much fun, so we went and got the books as they were released. then when mom got cancer, we went to the book store to get her some audio books, because she couldn't see well enough to read any more. they were advertising the last book to be released at midnight, gosh it's been 2 years already. it was in July. and this was in march so mom pre- paid for a hard back special edition of the "Deathly Hollows" which is the 7th book, because she didn't know if she would be here and wanted to give that to "A". Well we went to the book release, at midnight and the bookstore was jam packed even more so then the theater. and everyone was dressed up as there favorite character. and they had games and all kinds of things even people reading out of the last 6 books. so we got the book, around 1:30 that is how long the line was and we got home, of course mom was still with us and we started reading right away. we finished that book in 2 days. it was just so special to be able to have finished it with mom. the special edition came with a special artwork cover, we went to a place in the mall called L'amage and they do a special kind of framing, where you can touch the picture it was mounted and framed, not in glass it is hard to explain but it looks awesome and it is a very special treasure for "A". so it is an 'us' thing to go to this particular movie, i don't usually go to movies but this one is different and i don't think there will ever be a book release as amazing as this one and as the late, great Paul Harvey used to say, "and now you know.....the rest of the story."
so i am tired but it is a good tired, i would do it again it was a blast, we didn't get home till 3 in the morning. now i need something to eat and to go to the gym. last night i spoke and shared my story at my new home group and went to a movie it was a great night. today is looking like a beautiful day. gratitude list 5 things;
1. today i am grateful to have seen the latest Harry Potter movie with my daughter.
2. today i am grateful for the memories i share with her and my mother.
3. today i am grateful for Wes being a home coffee roaster.
4. today i am grateful for Chiapa's coffee, i think it is from Mexico, i just know for sure it is wonderful.
5. today i am grateful for my recovery and being able to appreciate my life and all my blessings today.
6. today i am grateful to be able to share these special times with my blogging buddies.
i know it is 5 but not limited to just that and i have so much to be grateful for and i just wanted to share that. we didn't have the money to go but "A" used her babysitting funds to treat me to go with her and this is very sweet indeed. today's thought;“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. The goal is to live a full, productive life even with all that ambiguity. No matter what happens, whether the cancer never flares up again or whether you die, the important thing is that the days that you have had you will have lived.”- Gilda Radner 1946-1989