The Matrix

It’s 1 a.m. Shade and Mayan are snoozing. Their friend Cody came over to spend the night so I decided to introduce them to The Matrix, one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time. (Yes, 2 and 3 sucked. I don’t even count them. I pretend that it ended after the first one.) I figured the whole “reality isn’t reality” concept might appeal to Shade as it emphasizes that we can alter our future and that our perception is not always what it seems.  Who better to appreciate that message? Shade’s reality is in constant flux. One minute, he has a grip on the now, the next he has no idea it even happened. Sounds like a glitch in the matrix to me.

The boys were into the movie for the first half, and I kept stopping it to explain what was happening so they could keep up. (I didn’t get the movie until the third viewing.) Then, before Neo even went back into the matrix to see the oracle, they were sawing wood. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, go back to your chick flick! I’m not going to explain it here. I’ll talk about Steel Magnolias next week.)

So essentially Shade and Mayan got little to nothing out of the flick. Shade may not even remember seeing the beginning. But Cody stayed up and watched it all with me.

Is that where I am in life now? Staying up until 1 a.m. watching futuristic movies with my kids’ 11 year old friends? I know at some point in my life I was actually headed toward a big goal. Well, at least it’s fun. I’d rather hang out with kids than grumpy old adults any day.

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