GOOD MORNING WORLD
To anyone that has read this blog right along all year, you are aware that “Auntie Mame” is one of my favorite movies. To those who are just reading now, “Auntie Mame” IS one of my favorite movies!
This is a movie made from the book, “Auntie Mame” written by Patrick Dennis. It is the story of his life after his parents died and he went to live with his socialite Aunt on Beekman Place in New York city. Mame Dennis is an wonderfully eccentric lady of means though I have no idea from where her money came. She was rich. She was so rich she changed the decor of her apartment on a whim. That was the fun of it to see all the changes over the course of the movie. She also had a wonderful group of eclectic friends that kept her entertained and she them! Until the crash of 1929! Then she still made it back when she married a wealthy man.
For those of you that require more information Wikipedia has this:
Auntie Mame is a 1955 novel by Patrick Dennis chronicling the madcap adventures of a boy, Patrick, growing up a ward with the sister of his deceased father. The book is inspired by the author’s eccentric aunt, Marion Tanner, whose life and outlook mirrored those of Mame. The novel was a runaway best seller, setting records on the New York Times bestseller list, with more than two million copies in print during its initial publication. In 1958, Patrick Dennis wrote a sequel, Around the World with Auntie Mame.
Patrick came to her when he was 10 or so and lived with her for all the rest of his growing up years. She took him on fantastic vacations and then when he was in college would ship wild gifts to him at school. Patrick married and Auntie Mame wanted to entertain his son. Patrick and his wife finally said yes that Auntie Mame could take their son Patrick Jr. on vacation. Mame had very little respect for time or punctuality or schedules. After they had given Mame permission to take Patrick with her for summer vacation they reminded her that he had to be back when school started after Labor Day. I quote:
Auntie Mame replied, “Yes, Labor Day: Isn’t that sometime in November?
I give you all that information to assure you that I have finally arrived and “Auntie Mame” LIVES on in me! This is a status to which I have aspired since our grandchildren were born.
Before this holiday I mentioned to our daughter that we might come over for a visit. I realized that the spring break for those two grandchildren was the week after Easter. Our other grandchild had spring break the week before. This was not planned well as far as I was concerned. Then I thought that we could get the one grandson for his week and take him to visit his cousins. We would then return him after the holiday and have the other two for the rest of the week. Each getting time with each other as well as alone time with the grandparents. Sounded good to me.
I spoke to our daughter and a plan was formed that we would go to her house and then bring the children back with us for the rest of the week. We would meet them halfway the following Saturday. Halfway is still a 7 hour trip and doable for both of us as we can still do 14 hr days driving. Or if worse came to worse we could go spend the night at a motel Friday night and then Sat is only a 7 hr trip for us back to our home. We had choices. It was decided this would work.
So our conversation went like this…..
Me: “When do the kids have to be back at school.”
Our daughter replied, “They have to be back in school for the 8th of April.”
To which I replied, not thinking, “That is sometime after Labor Day right?”
It was a totally Auntie Mame moment. I rejoiced in laughter. I had arrived! AUNTIE MAME LIVES!!!
…..ONWARD TO MORE MISADVENTURE…