Dot Dot Dot

“Seriously?”“You’re watching that again?” “How many times have you seen it… like 80?” My
daughter grumbles as she meanders through the living room on her way to the
kitchen (the only time she seems to venture from her room these days).  “It’s a great movie.” I tell her. “Whatever,” she grumbles. I hear her open the refrigerator and stand in front willing it to
produce something appetizing.

“It’s iconic,” I tell her from the living room.  I can feel the eye roll from here (I told you the brother got it from her). “It’s a historic movie about mothers and daughters, relationships, growing up, love, commitment and second chances; what could be better?”

She perches on the arm of the loveseat as she pauses on the way back to her room, looking at me but glancing toward the movie. She hur- umphs, but her eyes stay focused on the screen. I wonder if she doesn’t secretly like it…just a bit.

“It has that girl in it you like, the one from Robin Hood, and that cute boy.” I coax.

Silence, but she stays a little longer as I quietly hum along.

“Iconic huh, how do you figure?” She challenges. “It’s just a dumb movie.”  She looks my way. “A musical no less,” and scowls as I start wiggling and singing along. I try to contain my cadence and
need to dance!

“It’s the only movie EVER written solely from songs of a rock group, one of your uncles’ favorite in the 70’s.” (I was too young lol) I explain. “It was a Broadway musical AND it has Meryl Streep and Pierce Bronson in it…DOT,DOT,DOT!”   I can’t hold back any longer as I join in with- “Mamma Mia here I go again. My, my how can I resist it…”

She gets up and leaves. “It’s the best movie EVER” I yell at her closed door.

I grin and wonder if she’s dancing on the other side. I think she is.

“Mamma mia, here I go again
My my, how can I resist you?
Mamma mia, does it show again
My My, just how much I’ve missed you?
Yes, I’ve been broken-hearted
Blue since the day we parted
Why, why did I ever let you go?
Mamma mia, now I really know
My my, I should not have let you go-”

The Best moive EVER! DOT DOT DOT





6 responses to this post.

  1. Hah-should I say “you go, girl!”? Don’t you love those moments with the teenage daughter? You’ve described it so well, & I’m impressed that you held your own ground, & didn’t let her get to you. I bet she was dancing, & eventually, she’ll let you see. (Mine is all grown up now. They do change!)


  2. You really captured the dynamics of that quintessential mother-daughter dialogue. It could be Mamma Mia or a pair of jeans in the window of a store, or a song . . .. I love the way you end it with the image of your daughter dancing on the other side of the door. I think she was too.


  3. Posted by the other ruth on July 27, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I’m laughing because we finally sat our teen son down to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off so he’d start getting it when we quote dialog. 🙂


  4. Posted by grade4wizard on July 27, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Just turn the volume on. ABBA’s songs are irresistible. You wrote the piece well, kept me wondering for quite a while what movie you were watching.


  5. What a fun story. You kept me guessing until the very end. I would have to agree that it is a classic, although I still think of it as a play first before a movie.


  6. I enjoyed this very much! I love the Dot, Dot, Dot!


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