Movie time!

Years ago, my husband and I went on our first “date” to see a movie called “Lightning Jack.”  I say “date,” because I was only 14, so my parents drove me around to McDonald’s to eat ahead of time and to the movie theater.  I wasn’t allowed to ride in the car with a boy, yet, especially since he was 16 and old enough that he was driving himself.  Ever since then, seeing movies has been something my husband and I have enjoyed.  The cost of movies have risen and our lives have changed, but seeing movies at the theater is still our favorite date.

Recently we got to share that love and that favorite date with our favorite 3-1/2-year-old.  For probably a year, our daughter has been able to sit through occasional movies at home.  Sometimes we’ll make or order pizza and have a living room picnic and watch something with her.  We’ve been waiting for a chance to see a movie with her at the theater, but we wanted to be sure she would like it.  She’s a bit sensitive like her mama.

She liked the movie, “Despicable Me.”  We tried it out again on her a couple of days before we thought of going and when she still liked it, we decided to head to the theater to see its sequel.  She was excited; we were excited.  We left her baby brother at home with my mom and loaded into the car.  I may have been carrying my larger purse that may have been filled with a couple bottles of water and a sippy cup.

One of my daughter's favorite parts of the movie was eating some popcorn.

We all three walked through the parking lot holding hands.  My husband and I shared smiles over the top of her head.  We were sharing this special activity with our daughter.  We’ve come a long way in 20 years.  We got our tickets and stopped for some popcorn at the concession stand.  We talked about sitting quietly in our seats and how the lights would go out. And we ate some popcorn.

The popcorn was delicious. Our daughter sat nicely in between us and ended up in the last 10 minutes sitting on my lap.  My husband and I shared a few smiles over her head throughout the movie.  We had a great time.

To the rest of the theater, it was perhaps just a movie.  To us it was a milestone of our daughter’s first movie theater movie.  And to us it was sharing a favorite date that we’ve always enjoyed. Through the years we’ve gone to movies with other friends and relatives at different times, but mostly we’ve gone just the two of us.  Our movie tastes have morphed together pretty well.  We enjoy the same movies most of the time and sometimes one of us will agree to watch something the other one is excited about.  We talk about it afterward.  It’s just nice.  Being able to share that experience with our daughter was equally as nice and I’m glad we were able to.  I’m sure it’s the first of many movies we’ll go to as she gets older. And one day we’ll get to take our son to his first movie. I know that just as I’ll always remember seeing “Lightning Jack” with my husband all those years ago, I’ll always remember seeing “Despicable Me 2” with my daughter.

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