CNN’s Tom Foreman shared a quaint, entertaining holiday story on the AC360 blog this weekend involving a movie outing with his sister (whom he did not date). Foreman works in the D.C. bureau and reports for a number of programs including “AC360″ and “The Situation Room.”
In case you missed it, see Foreman’s love story after the jump…
One early December evening, twenty-six years ago, my sister called when she and I both lived in Montgomery, Alabama. Chris was bored or feeling blue or something and not in much of a holiday mood, so we decided to check out a movie together. Neither of us had heard anything about the film we chose, and in truth, I canÂ’t recall any advertising for it. But it seemed like a reasonable selection and we rendezvoused at a local strip mall cinema to buy our tickets and popcorn, and settle in to see what we would see. The theater was all but empty, which lowered our expectations even more.
Turns out that the movie was marvelous! We laughed until we cried, and then laughed some more. We stayed on the edges of our seats throughout the story. And we left afterward still giggling and wondering why no one, as far as we knew, had even heard about this terrific movie. Eventually everyone did. Â“A Christmas StoryÂ” became one of the most popular movies of the season. I ended up buying books by Jean Shepherd, and seeing the film so many times I can hardly bear to watch it anymoreÂ…and yet I do.
One postscript: I mentioned that the theater was nearly empty. Not quite. Unbeknownst to me, there was a young woman in the back row who was watching not only the movie, but also my sister and me. And she was not happy. She did not know who Chris was, but she was certain that I did not belong with her. That young woman, giving us the evil eye in the dark, was a person I had just started dating. But rather than dismiss me as a two-timing creep on the spot, she accepted the fact that she and I had not declared ourselves an actual couple yet, and sometime in the next few weeks when we were out on a date again, I happened to mention that I had recently seen this fantastic movie with my sister, and the whole story came out.
Other women I have known might yet have been suspicious, but not her. We shared a laugh, traded stories about our favorite scenes in Â“A Christmas Story;Â” and weÂ’ve been married for over 23 years. Now thatÂ’s a date movie!
Hope all is going well with your trip and the family. Be safe and travel well.