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At the Movies

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Who are you when the lights go down?
When the chaotic mess of noise is extinguished in a hush and someone else’s life, someone else’s story fills the screen?
Do you even remember?
Do you lose yourself in the whirlwind of images, sounds, and emotions?
Do you become one with the rest of the audience, a mass of lives that melds into a collective when the reel begins to spin?
Do you laugh and cry and feel together, suspending whatever belief necessary to escape, just for a moment?
When it’s over and reality comes spilling back, which parts of you return changed, broken and bruised and constructed anew after seeing another story come together in a flash of light and sound?
Who are you when the lights go down?

Britton Perelman