borrow a few children and go see the Muppets

en·ter·tain (ntr-tn)

v. en·ter·tained, en·ter·tain·ing, en·ter·tains

1. To hold the attention of with something amusing or diverting. See Synonyms at amuse.
2. To extend hospitality toward: entertain friends at dinner.

a. To consider; contemplate: entertain an idea.
b. To hold in mind; harbor: entertained few illusions.
4. Archaic To continue with; maintain.
5. Obsolete To employ; hire.
6. To give admittance to; receive.

1. To show hospitality to guests.

2. To provide entertainment.

[Middle English entertinen, to maintain, from Old French entretenir, from Medieval Latin intertenre : Latin inter, among; see inter- + Latin tenre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

I’m not sure when’s the last time I was entertained so completely–by the movie, by being with the biggest kids of D#1, by having a night out, just the three of us. Since ISHI isn’t seeing movies for the year while in avelut for his father, and since my daughter wasn’t sure she was up to it, I stepped up and took them out to the Muppets. The theatre was pretty much down the block, an old theatre on the street, so we didn’t have to fight mall traffic. And so we sat back and we were entertained. I realize now that the word is a fascinating one–it really means “maintain”, which means “hold”. But the “enter” part means that it is something shared. And even though I probably got a lot more out of it than they did–so many double entendres and fourth wall breaches, along with some really fun cameo appearances.

To be honest, I don’t remember the last time I was in a movie theatre. I usually catch up on all the movies while flying.

This is much better by far.

No security, no packing.

Totally secure.


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