Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mom's Night Out

Last night, I got a rare night out. My mom's group here in South Carolina organized a night out for all of us to go to the movies. Since Brady was born, I think I've seen about 9 movies and 5 of those Brady was with me. We went to go see The Help. The basic premise of the movie for those who haven't seen it is 1960s Mississippi where African Americans are still second-class citizens. One of the white young women fresh out of college, starts noticing how her friends are treating their African American maids and even how her own mother is treating theirs. She realizes that she has to do something to make a stand and show the world how it is that far south. She enlists the help of several maids in telling their stories and publishes a book anonymously. Those are the bare bones, but it was funny and touching. Some of the things they said about the African Americans had my eyes wide most of the time. It was unbelievable the way they were treated, especially when they were raising the white children when their own children were at home being raised by someone else. It was amazing that these women could treat them so badly when some of the maids were there long enough to raise them.

After the movie (around 10PM), we were looking to get some dessert to discuss the movie. Unfortunately, we are down south and everything closes right about then. One of the moms had an epiphany and realized that the Waffle House would be open 24 hours. We went there and several of us got the chocolate chip waffles (me included). We had a really great time hanging out and talking and it was nice for me to get out of the house. I hope we get to do it again soon!

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