I am proud of myself for having read several Charles Dickens books (and liking them). I have read Jane Austen (one), I have read Robert Louis Stevenson, I have read both Charlotte AND Emily Bronte. I adored "The Picture of Dorian Gray." I wrote many papers on "Tess of the d'Urbervilles." I have read Shakespeare. I've read "Heart of Darkness" (excuse me for loathing this book). "Mutiny on the Bounty?" Check. "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "1984?" Check, check. You see, I am at least somewhat well-read.
But when it comes to movie classics? I am sadly illiterate. I have seen Casablanca. I have seen Gone with the Wind. I have seen. . .hmm, I cannot think of any others. You see my problem.
Fortunately, this problem can be remedied if you have friends like Ralphie. If you should be fortunate enough to also have a friend like Ralphie, I propose that you follow this simple script (I feel like Dr. Phil):
"Ralphie, I know you and your husband like old movies. I know you even OWN old movies. I would like to see old movies but I need help picking out ones to see. What if you had an old movie night at your house once a month, where you pick a movie and we and other choice friends come and see them? You could also provide desserts."
(Did you see how I invited myself over? And I also suggested SHE institute something for MY enjoyment? You might want to make sure your friends are as wonderful as Ralphie and don't mind that you did that).
So, last night was the first of (I hope) many old movie nights. We watched "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." Have I heard of this movie my whole life? Yes. Have I ever seen it? No. Did I love it? Yes. It was a lovely lovely time with a few of my favorite people.
(Frankly, it would have been a good evening even if the movie had been lousy because I brought this: Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Ball of Happiness. After you find a Ralphie, make sure you rustle yourself up a Kayla to provide you with fabulous recipes that may kill you).