These conversations occurred a while ago, but they both prove the same point, which is that my husband has an ability to turn every conversation into a movie reference. I don't watch a lot of movies, but he knows a lot about good movies.
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After I got home from church on Sunday, the Common Household Husband asked, “How was church?”
I said, “Today we had the congregational meeting where I was elected to be on Session. Some people came up to me and said ‘Congratulations’ but one friend sidled up to me and said, ‘So, they got you!’ She really knows how it is.”
[In the Presbyterian Church (USA) the Session is the governing board of the local congregation, and the people serving on this board are called elders.]
Then I turned to my Son and said, “This may not surprise you, but I am an elder.”
Son: “An elder what?”
Me: “A ruling elder.”
Husband: “Oooh! Are you, like, Lord Sauron?”
Son: “Or the Supreme Commander!”
Husband: “One Elder to Rule Them All.”
Me: “They still have three positions to fill.”
Husband: “Which positions are still vacant?”
Me: “Ruling elder.”
Husband: “Why don’t some of the common elders just move up to the rank of ruling elder?”
Presbyterians may be elder, but they ain’t common. And apparently in our family, everything can be referenced back to The Lord of the Rings.
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At dinner one night we were talking about the election, the outcome of the Citizens United case, and such. My husband said, “Anybody can make a campaign commercial that is full of lies about one of the candidates. Do you think that the American people would be able to tell it was lies?”
Son: I don’t have much experience with the American people.
Me: Tell Dad what you’ll be reading in English class.
Husband: Walden who?
Son: “Where’s Walden?!”... and Civil Disobedience.
Husband: You could just watch Lord of the Flies instead.
Son: And something else by some guy... and the Declaration of Independence.
Husband: We should get that movie ‘1776’!
Me: And ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’!
Son: Isn’t it ‘Bill and Ted’s Very Excellent Adventure’?
Husband and I (looking at each other meaningfully): Be excellent to each other!
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I will also admit that, around the Common Household, one of the most frequently quoted lines from a movie is "The piano must go up!" - most recently quoted just before the symphony orchestra concert of Rachmaninoff's piano concerto in d minor, but also used when any large or heavy object needs to be moved.
Does anybody in your household like to quote movies? What's your favorite? Do you know what movie "The piano must go up!" is from?