The first time I made a child laugh.
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The first time I made a child laugh.
O' Were that the camera were rolling when the Tar Kettle burst into flame engulfing me in a 10 ft' ball of instant sunburn blaze orange translucent flame, one lock of hair singing its way toward my scalp like a fuse, the polyester bandana melted and frozen into a protective helmet for the rest of my hair...all in about 1 second.
The day I left my hometown and got on a greyhound to persue my college education.
A perfect moment in my life would be with my dad flying me around the house while in my Superman costume when I was six.
My perfect life moment happened only a couple months ago. I spent the semester travelling through Northern India with some other students. We stayed in an orphanage for 2 weeks and were encouraged to engage the children in English, so a friend and myself decided to put on a musical. We made up a fun show based on the Mario Brothers which incorporated easy American songs. The show was eventually performed in front of the entire school that the children attended. It was a huge success and I realized just how much I had come to care for these kids in only 2 weeks. But just as the kids were finishing their bow, the woman in charge of the orphanage declared that the directors (me and my friend) were now going to perform a song. We didn't know what she was talking about and my friend promptly ran out of the room leaving me alone. I had no idea what to sing. I picked a song from the Broadway show Wicked that I had just performed for my Grandmother's 80th birthday: For Good. I only chose it in the moment because I knew all the words, but as I sang, I realized just how pertinent the words were:" it well may be, that we may never meet again in this lifetime, so let me say before we part. so much of me is made of what I learned from you. You'll be with me like a handprint on my heart." it was wonderful
One perfect moment is coming down from the top of the first hill on a roller coaster; so much anticipation, excitement, giddy joy. It's all adrenalin and uncontrollable laughter. If I could live in that kind of moment for a lifetime…
A perfect moment in my life? Walking down the street in Chicago, passing a guy playing the tuba, only to realize it was 'killing me softly' that he was performing...ON THE TUBA!?!?!
My first and only skydive from a moving airlane. It was a great experience to conquer a fear by taking a risk. Then I would watch my 1-second film every morning when I first wake up.
The first time I stepped foot in Iraq. Stepping off the C130 on to the tarmac seeing the heat radiate from the ground and fealling my feet begin to burn through a half inch of rubber. This was a perfect moment to sumerize the next 365 shitty days.
A really good that's what she said joke.
One evening, I noticed the moon (very nearly a full moon) had just risen. It was a pure white, in a very pale, light-coloured blue sky. The sky was still light, so I knew the sun must be up, but very close to setting. I spun around 180 degrees. The sun was just over the horizon, deep red, and the sky a beautiful orange. I stood there for many seconds, turning around and around. Both views were absolutely enchanting, one side pale and delicately-coloured, the other side rich and deep, and both of them in the sky at the same time. That they were exact opposite sides of the horizon, so I could only look at one at a time, was part of the magic.
A moment from my childhood. Sitting around the kitchen table with my parents, brother, and grandparents...laughing. Happiest moments of my life. I tear up to think about them.
It would be the first or the last. I just haven't figured out which. The first one because I had no idea how cool everything would be that was coming down the way, and it was just open, or the last one because hopefully there will be a smile that will come across my face acknowledging how cool it was.
Holding my first child in my arms for the first time.
The moment I saw my prom date coming down the stairs in that beautiful blue dress. Ah, young love.
I'm not sure that any moment can ever be perfect. That's half the intrigue of the film.
I am shirtless, extremely muscular and handsome, standing on the beach glistening in the setting sun, playing the mandolin. A seagull poops on my face.
He picked me up by the throat and slammed me into the wall, just inches above the stereo speaker, leaning his full body weight into my throat, strangling me. Without thinking, I pulled my knees up tight to my chest, planted both booted feet firmly against his chest and kicked him away. His 5' 9", 225 pound, body-building, championship black belt self flew backward across his living room and landed with a satisfying "THUMP" on his back in the floor as he wheezed, "Where'd you learn THAT?"
If I could capture one perfect second of my life on film it would definitely have to be the last hug I ever gave my father before he died.
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