Tonight (Thursday) is the last Movie Night on the Square for the summer, hosted by Decatur Main Street. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and favorite snacks to snuggle up with the family for a night of Smalltown Fun. The festivities begin at 7:30 with introductions of the Varsity Football Team, and shortly thereafter, they will begin showing Radio. I’ve put a link to the Decatur Main Street Calendar over on the right side of the blogroll, and I encourage you to check it every so often.
One of my favorite movies is Hope Floats, and I quote it constantly when I reference living in this Small Town. Having a nomadic military brat childhood, I’ve been searching for roots my entire life. I tried to shake the dust of this town after high school graduation, but found myself longing for Home throughout college and those early “grown up” years. Now that we’re finally back, I’ve embraced the little nuances of Smalltown Life, including Movies on the Square, Reunion, and the Christmas Parade (just to name a few). I watch those Big City People run around to this function and that establishment, and I count myself lucky to have the opportunity to walk up to the Square and catch a movie on the side of the courthouse. I feel blessed to have the extra moments to talk with some neighbors, and watch my kids play. I call these little treasures of time my “Hope Floats Moments,” because there doesn’t seem a better way to explain it. Sometimes a movie just gets it right. As my kids form their own love-hate relationship with this little town, I plan on planting the words of Birdee Pruitt in their little brains, and hoping for the best…hoping they hear these words as we flush the third fish this week.
“Childhood is what you spend the rest of your life trying to overcome. That’s what momma always says. She says that beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up. And it will, too…”