I’ve been recovering from an accident for several months and have been home more than usual. At first, I wondered how I’d spend my time. Days came and went. Until I remembered that cozy spot in the basement where I could sit and watch TV. Not just regular TV, but Netflix.
So equipped with a blanket, a heating pad, liquids and meds (believe me, I needed plenty in the early days of recovery), I sat down and started flipping through the classic and independent films. At first, I felt inundated by the amount of choice. I have over 100 saved in my queue from these few weeks of searching for films by actor, actress, and director or by the recommended films under selected titles. There were some days where I watched three at once, some days one.
I re-watched some of my old favorites like Ground Hog Day, Next Stop Wonderland and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I discovered new movies like Girl on a Bicycle and plugged back into my passion for foreign films. I found Indies I’d never seen like The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, Your Sister’s Sister, Elsa & Fred and In a World. I re-watched original series like Grace & Frankie and when Orange is the New Black was released, I became obsessive. I also watched several seasons of classic TV shows like Family Ties.
Then when my kids would come home from school to a mother who couldn’t drive them anywhere, they joined me for more Netflix. We indulged in movies like 13 Going on 30, School House Rock and Beauty and the Briefcase. I felt less guilt about being able to do things somehow. Our binging seemed to help fill the ample time and bring us together.
So, during what you could call the toughest time of my life to date, Netflix was my bff. I don’t take that title lightly. Netflix saved the day.
Now I’m just counting down the days to Wet Hot American Summer – when I will be retreating to the basement once again. Who knew that film contained such inappropriate scenes for kids? I found out the hard way, of course.
Disclosure: I’m a member of the #StreamTeam and receive complimentary Netflix service but all opinions are my own.