When I got home from work this afternoon, with an armload of books and DVDs for the long weekend ahead, I felt “down” and pissed off with myself that I was. I am fully aware of all the things I have to be grateful for, going into this Thanksgiving holiday, but I’ll admit to being mercurial, often for no obvious reason except than I am Fran aka Redondowriter. This penchant for occasional darkness, however, always blindsides me, no matter how momentary the feelings are. I took Cookie for a walk and then hunkered down in bed (it’s even cold and nasty in Redondo Beach) and began to read the first book—“Summer Reading” and slowly began to perk up.
Then I heated up left over tuna casserole (one of my comfort foods) and settled down to watch the British film "Driving Lessons", which has left me feeling “up,” the opposite of how I felt when I first got home. Our little Ron Weasley from Harry Potter (Rupert Grint), a dorky mamma’s boy, and Julie Walters from Billy Elliott, an aging actress, star in a coming-of-age, celebration of life plot. How I wish I had someone to talk to about this wonderful film tonight.
"Driving Lessons" reminds me of that old classic “Harold and Maude” which I’ve seen countless times over the years. Give yourself a treat and rent Driving Lessons and tell me how it made you feel. And I'm curious what some of your comfort foods are--and what kick-starts you when your adrenalin runs out.