From time to time, #husbae and I like to pretend that we're young and free, so we'll try to do as young, free people do and netflix and chill. We were netflixing and chilling long before we had our little ones and ages before this little phenomenon was given such a cute little name. It was more like blockbuster and chill back then, but needless to say, the concept was the same. Since having kids, we've gotten really creative with date nights. One night, I suggested netflix and chill. Now, when I was in college, watching a movie with a guy meant curling up on a tiny dorm room bed and pretending to watch a movie until someone made a move. We're married now, so we classed it up a bit. This was the first mistake of many.
There is nothing classy about Netflix and chill. You don't need a full spread of fine cheeses and charcuterie, fresh baguettes or baked brie. First of all, Netflix and chill is not about the damn food. It's about "chillin". Somehow, I forgot. We cracked open a nice bottle of red so that we could make our second mistake of the night: choosing a movie we actually wanted to watch. We sat down to watch Beasts of No Nation for Netflix and chill. Beasts of No Nation. The award winning drama about child soldiers in a fictional African country. This set the mood, but it was not the mood that anyone would want to be in. Quite possibly the saddest film I've watched all year, I ended up weeping over charcuterie while #husbae struggled to fight months worth of sleep deprivation. It was disastrous.
I would like to think that we've learned since then, but the truth is netflix and chill is for single people. (The next time we ended up binge watching Making a Murderer.) We're not only an old married couple, we're new parents. We don't have time to sit down and watch films or binge watch House of Cards. When we sit down to watch a movie, that's exactly what we're going to do.