We would eat roast chicken (my aunt always makes it the night we arrive), we would read poems (my grandmother loves them) and we would watch So I Married an Axe Murderer.
My family has watched the romantic comedy for decades, and we can quote it beginning to end. Whenever we had crushes on people, my sister and I would say, “I’m smitten. I’m in deep smit.” If we go to pick up a dinner check, but the other person argues, we say, “No to infinity. Negatory. Negatory, good buddy. Ne-ga-to-ry!” If a restaurant serves big drinks, we can’t help commenting, “Excuse me miss, there seems to be a mistake. I believe I ordered the LARGE.”
My friend Gemma’s family always watches Back To The Future, and another friend hosts an annual Moana viewing with the cousins. Year round, I can watch When Harry Met Sally any day of the week, and Alex estimates that he’s seen Rosemary’s Baby a minimum of 30 times.
Says my friend Lina: “My dad used to watch It’s a Wonderful Life every year when I was a kid, and every year he would WEEP at the end. It would freak me out because it always freaked me out to see my parents cry. So, now I watch it and weep at the end and it freaks my kids out.”