There we were, my friends and I, sitting in a packed theater, all excited for the movie to start with a full 30 minutes left before even the previews - yep, the midnight showing of Harry Potter 7.2.
As we waited, my friend and I admired the wand she had fabulously whittled down from a normal stick in her backyard and wondered what we were going to do with it.
Friend: "This is the very last Harry Potter premiere that I will ever attend for the rest of my life."
I tried to be cheerful, "Maybe in 20 years, they'll re-release the movies into theaters. You could bring the wand to that then."
Friend: "Haha. Yep, and knowing me, I'll still have the wand. I can tell my kids - I made this wand for its original release in 2011. Wow, my kids will think I'm so OLD."
We both laughed at the idea of it.
I'm not normally sentimental about movies like that but waiting outside the theater afterward, on Harry Potter movie high, and watching all the clever and fabulous costumes of those in attendance with us, it was a different feeling to realize that this really was IT.
That got me thinking to other endings in the past few weeks.
The retirement of Yao Ming - this came across my desk just today, actually, even though it's been in the news now for a week. He was the first international to ever get a 1st draft pick in the NBA without prior US basketball experience. He is impressive as a strong basketball player and an all-around good person on and off the court. He will be sorely missed.
Good philosophy: culture changes. The end of one era only means the beginning of a new one. What's next?