Monday, 24 November 2014

Stranded at the Drive In

We jumped in our cars; pillows piled in the back, snacks hidden in the glove box, air con blasting.

We drove forty minutes away from city life into the open plains of Blacktown, the setting sun guiding us along the way.

We pulled up at the Drive In and was immediately reminded that I was born in the wrong era.

50s music blasted from the speakers, the diner was bustling with girls in red and white candy uniforms, and all I wanted to do was grab Stephen and do the 'twist' in the middle of the parking lot.

He declined.

We ordered burgers and gigantic cups of soft drink, too big for any person to finish, and we talked of what it would be like to live in the 50s. We both agreed I would make a good housewife for maybe the first few months but then get seriously bored. Maybe the 21st century is the place for me after all.

We stepped back out into the golden light and found our friends in the lot. We parked next to each other, drank apple cider and laughed over silly things and funny stories, as most people do these days. I stood back every now and then to take some photos and in that moment I truly felt appreciative for the friends and family I have been blessed with. 

Community is so important in this world we live in. It is so easy to feel alone, to be alone.

But I know now I'm not alone. You all showed me that last week. 

and for that, I thank you.

20 comments:

  1. Looks like so much fun! I haven't been to one in ages. You document everything so beautifully, whether pre-meditated or casual.

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  2. This place is so cool! Why oh why is there not a place like this in Geelong/Melbourne?!

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    1. Guess you just have to come and visit me in Sydney then :)

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  3. I haven't been to the Blacktown drive-in yet! I should check it out, I love the idea of a drive in haha.

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  4. This is all so beautiful. The moment, the people, the person you could share this moment with! <3

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  5. Gorgeous sunset and photos! I love the style of the diner. Drive in is definitely something I want to do in the future :)

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  6. This couldn't look more like a movie. <3 I'm glad to know you're surrounded by such lovely people!

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  7. I have so much love for this post, ahhh. Glad you had fun! And the clouds look so beautiful in the photos :3

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  8. oh my gosh I was thinking damn this looks like my drive ins back home - IT WAS! oh it has been so so long since I have been there. Mum and I used to go all the time, and we'd go to the trash and treasure markets they had on the weekends. what lovely photos, i felt like i was there :)

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    1. so glad I could inspire those memories for you

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  9. Ah I love these pictures, I couldn't help but smile while reading this post. It looks like so much fun! :)
    It's too bad we don't have diners like that here in Paris...

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  10. Oh, your outing looks so fun! I've actually never been to a drive-in before.. I think I'll just have to look up the closest one to me and put in my pocket for when it gets warm :)

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  11. *belts out the tune whilst pouring my cornflakes*

    These images are so warm, Sam, so full of life and love - I adore them. You have such an incredible talent for telling stories through your photographs - I very much felt I was sat beside you, chowing down on chips in the diner, or out in that parking lot, dancing on my toes under the warmth of a blanket.

    And what a fantastic backdrop - I grew up always wishing I'd one day get the opportunity to visit a drive-in and, although I haven't made it to one yet, I'll never stop holding out hope that I will!

    I love sharing this community with you - your bravery, your willingness to be open, and honest, and to share all you did is what makes it so wonderful. And, so, I'm thankful for you.

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    1. Thank you for your loving comments Tori. Means the world.

      You'll have to come visit me one day and we can go get fatty burgers and milk shakes :)

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  12. I saw these on Facebook and they made me smile, you guys are an adorable bunch!

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  13. this makes my heart smile so much!

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  14. This feels like circa 1977 plus magical...gosh these pictures capture the vibe so much. And can I just say that you and Stephen are an adorable couple? Because you are. And this: "Community is so important in this world we live in. It is so easy to feel alone, to be alone" is very, very true and important.

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  15. I actually haven't been to the Drive-Ins before. Is that weird?

    I should probably during Summer. Sounds like a perf idea, and your photos are so gorgeous Sam! :)

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    1. Not weird at all! This was my first time too and it was amazing. You should definitely go when you can x

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