During this Epoch of Scolds, I miss going to the movies
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need,” said Marcus Tullius Cicero.
Old Marcus could have been talking about coping with these pandemic lockdowns, but he wasn’t.
Happily, I have a home library, but no garden. And I can’t possibly go another spring without planting. That would kill me.
But there’s another thing many of us don’t have in the lockdown — you, me, anyone who can’t risk catching the damn virus.
It’s going on a movie date.
I don’t mean sitting at home streaming movies on a video screen.
I mean movie popcorn. That gathering of strangers in the dark. And that magic on the screen.
But we live now in the Epoch of Scolds. Woke scolds and COVID scolds.
Just mention yearning to venture forth from the cave, and some will clutch at their pearls:
What? He dares write about missing the movies? When human lives are in the balance?