A few weeks ago, on a cold, wet and miserable afternoon, I went to the local cinema – to check out the senior film club! On offer was a film, a cup of tea or coffee and a pack of biscuits all for £3.29. Not a bad bargain!
However, the first person that I saw was an elderly gentleman with a question mark back, leaning heavily on his walking stick; my heart rate dropped to nearly comatose. "Is this venue really for me?" I thought.
As I bought my ticket, lo and behold I was inundated with single, perm - washed ladies; their hair in colours ranging from silver grey to a blue /pink rinse that made me think of sunsets over Barton Bridge. (Sorry but that is not quite accurate- they were more like candy floss wisps!) My eyes blinked and my stomach took a nose dive. Was I really going to do this?
It was more a case of,” turn up the hearing aid rather than turn off the phone!”
Undeterred I ventured into the cinema itself and was surprised to see so many seats filled with film lovers. The hot drinks and biscuits added to a family friendly feel to the room and the chatter was convivial. One lady had had a good idea of bringing with her a Tupperware box of sandwiches and as she munched her way through them, the lights dimmed and the film began.
It was an enjoyable film, Tomorrow Land with George Clooney. The audience seemed to thoroughly enjoy it as well. It was a happy way to spend an afternoon; reasonably priced, warm and safe with others of a similar age and with similar interests. It surprised me that the old cliché of, ‘never judge a book by its cover’ held true here.
I may even give it another go on the next rainy Monday afternoon. As I left the cinema it made me smile to hear some of the audience utter, “See you next week!”
Well who knows!
Thought for the day - You are never too old to try something new!