I met some Fantastic people Thursday night / Friday morning—engaging, full-of-life people, because I did something I’d never done before. I went to the midnight showing of a movie!
We arrived at the theater at 9:30 p.m. to see Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Everyone was lined up, sitting on the floor, since the theater is inside a mall. People laughed, played card games, laughed, chatted, and laughed!
We joined the crowd and waited until around 11:00, when we headed for our seats with an hour to go before the movie started.
Once we found a good spot, it was a blast being part of the revelry. Some girls in front of us sang Happy Birthday to one of their friends. People cheered and clapped. Then a few minutes later, several rows in front of us, half a row of movie-goers burst out singing Happy Birthday to a girl in their group. The two girls wished each other a Happy Birthday!
A whole family—Mom, Dad, boys and girls, even a baby—came all dressed up as pirates. The kids ran across the floor and did cartwheels at the front of the theater.
BEHOLD THE PHOTOS!
ME AND MY KIDS!
While we were waiting in line and after we found our seats, I asked several people if they would be willing to answer a question for my blog. They were all enthusiastic and happy to help—well, except for one hesitant guy who said, “I guess so, sure,” but he answered my question! And then he asked me if I had a piece of gum. I begged one off my son and gave him his wish!
THANK YOU TO ALL YOU WONDERFUL PEOPLE WHO HELPED ME OUT!
SO HERE’S THE QUESTION:
SKYLARKING IS AN OLD SAILOR’S TERM. WHAT DO YOU THINK IT MEANS?
HERE ARE THEIR AWESOME ANSWERS—
They flew in the water like a lark and soar like an eagle. They whip through the wind
like a fierce lion. —Gaylene Morley
The sky is the limit, like you could sell your ship for the limit. —Danielle
Something to do with the compass, trying to figure out the direction
of the land. —Van Jacobson
To keep track of someone. —Kenzie Andersen
The guy that's in the crow's nest. —Tim Lee
Going up to the crow's nest. —Crystal
Sounds like the person in the crow's nest. —Davin
A storm coming. —Kyle Sills
Spotting a ship. —Kevin Hardy
An article of clothing. —Laci
Looking at the stars. —Ben
Navigating by the stars. —Andrew
Something to do with women. —Dugan
Bird watching. —Taylor Curtis
Sounds like a curse word. —Megan Dean
Repainting the little mermaid person. —Katie Johnson (She laughed and said, “I don’t know what those are called! I couldn’t think of it either at the time! It’s a figurehead, right?)
I asked some of my kids and here’s what they said skylarking means:
Danger ahead! –Tianna, age 10
Like you skydive, or you go hiking up a mountain or something. –Kallea, age 6
You lurk around the sky. –Ben, age 8
THANK YOU! I HAD A FUN TIME HEARING YOUR FANTASTIC RESPONSES AND ENJOYING YOUR GREAT PERSONALITIES! (If I got any of your names or answers wrong, please just leave me a comment and I’ll fix the mistake.)
So tell me your ideas for what you think SKYLARKING means!
Don’t cheat now. Put that dictionary back on the shelf, quit punching skylarking into Google. Be adventurous and send me your guess.
And I’ll tell you the definition next week. (That’s what a pirate would do, right? Make you squirm!)