I remember the day I headed out on my own. No classmates. No chaperones. No host family. I got on a bus and went into the city center.
Looking back on it now with my anxious mother-eyes, I think it might have been a little crazy. I’m quite certain my parents wouldn’t have been thrilled. But it gave me a new perspective, even though it had all been right in front of me for weeks.
I’m not the biggest Lord of the Rings fan. I’ll be honest right there. It’s dark and stressful, and that’s just not my idea of a great time.
But since the trilogy’s release dates coincided with my birthday weekend for three years, I had the pleasure of consistently going to one of my husband’s favorite movies for my birthday. (It’s OK, he happily sits through Pride and Prejudice and the like with me.)
You know that famous scene in The Princess Bride, when the legendary Spanish swordsman, Inigo Montoya, says, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”