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Watching for God


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Movies are great fun, and have been for a very long time. My 98 year old grandmother remembers her father taking her and her younger brother to see the first "talkie" in 1927. My mom tells stories about how she used to go to the movies on Saturday afternoons at the end of the Depression and the beginning of World War II. All the kids would save their ticket stubs and watch the steady stream that was either leaving the theater to go to confession, or returning for the rest of the matinee. If you timed it just right, Father wouldn't have much of a line, and you wouldn't have to miss much of the film. Of course, if you did, you could just stay long enough into the next showing to catch what you missed. And if you were lucky, like her neighbor Monroe always seemed to be, you could win a door prize and come home with a place setting of dishes, or even a ham, tucked under your arm.

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