A Little Snuggling at the Drive-In

The drive-in theater in Bonham, Texas is a place I spent more than a few Friday nights in my teenage years. Yes, I was there with my boyfriend, Sam, and I would be less than honest if I said that we ever saw more than half of any movie. There was something so private – despite having vehicles parked all around you – sitting in the car on that dark field with a movie flickering on the screen off in the distance. A time to snuggle up and kiss a little while voices and music filled the car from the speaker hanging suspended from the window glass. Yes, I liked the drive-in – it was cozy and safe – and I especially liked the concession stand, which stands out in my memory as a swirl of color – bright orange in particular – and filled with the smell of freshly popped popcorn and dill pickles.

People I know who grew up in my hometown of 7,000 are almost always happy they were raised there. Bonham people are proud people and we seem to share a sense of connection simply by being from Fannin County, near enough to Dallas to enjoy the benefits, but far enough away not to have the liabilities. I still enjoy visiting my hometown, seeing old friends and returning to a few of my old haunts. I am sad to say the Bonham drive-in is long gone. Not so the memories, however.

One of these days I’d like to go back to a drive-in. Maybe my husband and I can snuggle up as we watch the movie. That would be fun. Still, there’s nothing like being sixteen and with your first love. Those are memories that hold a whole acre of ground in your heart. Still, Ray and I will do our best. I suspect we can have a little bit of fun, as well. After all, as my Daddy used to say, “I was sixteen about a minute and a half ago.” I guess I was, too. Or, at least that’s how it feels.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Teresa Lynn says:

    I grew up in a small town with a drive-in, too! But we did it differently – no snooking in the backseat. Instead we ran from car to car, visiting everyone. It was one big party. Couples who wanted privacy went to the regular movie theater.

    1. Ha! Well, it was the opposite in my little town.

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