Our little valley has the last two drive-ins still surviving in Colorado.
We heard there was a cartoon double feature last weekend and jumped at the chance to go!
The parking lot was full of moms and dads who sometimes chose (like I did, because the seat was more comfy) to sit in the front seat of the car while the kids took their places right in front of the family sedans or minivans in camp chairs.
The heat dissipated as the sun sank behind the movie screen. Crickets chirped, mosquitoes buzzed. The children who had beenrunning around their cars, playing with the speakers, and crisscrossing back and forth to the candy stand all calmed down and took their seats. The screen finally lit up. And everyone -- moms and dads, too -- stepped into the world of Woody and Buzz and Andy. A summer night at the Drive In -- an experience my parents remember and my children now share. Wholesome good fun. Stuff memories are made of.
Note to self: Clean windshield and fix crack before next time.