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Has it Really Been Six Years Already?

Dustin Seelinger

Family outing to the Cascade drive in in West Chicago

Family outing to the Cascade drive in in West Chicago


My wife and I just celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary and decided to be creative in how we celebrated it. She just started a new job and we haven’t been able to spend a lot of time together. Last Thursday we decided to do something crazy. We decided on some fun, family activity to make the Summer feel extra summer-y. We went to the drive-in.
In my hometown, West Chicago, there stands a relic of bygone days: the Cascade Drive-in. They were playing two movies that we had really wanted to see, one of them being a kids movie, which added to that nostalgic drive-in feel. The movies were Monsters University, followed by Man of Steel. We loaded up on snacks, and drove out and in.

Brief film review time: Monsters University was a lot of fun. Very funny and a nice origin story for the characters from Monsters Inc. I was really excited about seeing Man of Steel, though.  Truthfully, it was the only Superman movie I have ever really wanted to see. I am glad to say that I enjoyed myself. I really like Henry Cavill, and think he did a good job adding a touch of humanity to Krypton’s last son. I’ll admit that my opinion might be a bit skewed by the fact that this was our first time doing something like this in years.

The kids had a great time and so did we. I’m so glad we went. Then, a couple days later, was our actual anniversary. My wife had to work so I spent the day hijacking her Facebook wall. Every hour she was gone I posted a picture of our favorite entertainment loves: from Johnny Cash and June Carter to Cory and Topanga to Mickey and Ellen from Forget Paris (I think its Billy Crystal’s best romantic comedy). At lunch I posted a link to our song, Hands Down by Dashboard Confessional, and on her way home I put up our first dance song Our Love is Here To Stay by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. I had a blast. When she finally got home we hunkered down and watched Forget Paris, which has been a favorite of ours since we started dating. I think we randomly caught it on tv one lazy afternoon so many years ago. You know, back when we had lazy afternoons, before college and kids.

It wasn’t your typical wedding anniversary, but I guess we have never really claimed to be typical. Having been full-time college students while being parents has gotten us to be very adaptive with our schedules. Don’t get me wrong, a dinner alone at a restaurant, just the two of us, would be nice, and I look forward to maybe doing that again someday, but this was really great too. I think it’s safe to say that the way we celebrated this year was exactly what we needed as a family, and I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. Happy Anniversary, Katie!

Has it Really Been Six Years Already?

My wife and I just celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary and decided to be creative in how we celebrated it. She just started a new job and we haven’t been …

Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts MFA Dustin Seelinger, dustin.seelinger@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

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