Monday, August 10, 2009
Oh the trauma. Do you remember back in January when I discussed seeing a movie for the first time at the cinema? Well, I finally did it. I took Oldest to see a film at the cinema.
He was quite excited about it, we bought a big bag of popcorn. I took your advice and went to a showing specifically for children. We found a couple of aisle seats incase he needed the toilet during the show. He was happily pointing things out and seemed happy enough to sit still. I said something about how the lights would be going off when the film started and he seemed to be a little afraid. I should have realised then that would end badly.
My mistake was that I didn't think things through properly. Of course he wasn't going to be used to the dark cinema. Of course he was going to be frightened by the louder sound system. And yes, of course he was going to be frightened of both the MONSTERS and the ALIENS.
What did we see at the cinema, you ask? Monsters vs Aliens? No, not seriously with a sensitive three year old? Yes, yes, I did. And it may have traumatised poor Oldest. At one point he was actually shaking with fear. He kept saying 'Mommy, I'm scared' and 'Mommy, I want to leave. I don't like this movie' Until, finally, we left. I had no choice, he was hiding behind my arm.
He is a sweet boy though. Even though he was petrified about the whole thing, as left the cinema do you know what he said to me? 'Thank you for taking me to the cinema, Mommy.' Isn't that the sweetest thing ever? I take him into this uncomfortable and scary place and he still thanks me for the experience. If I don't say it enough, I really love you, Oldest.
Scary or what?