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Thursday, July 5, 2012

First Date

I bought two tickets to see The Avengers. Before the movie came out in the theater (back in May), Steve and I rented Thor, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Captain America all in one week so we could be prepared. (Somehow we forgot to watch The Hulk, which irritated me while watching The Avengers.) Before Steve and I had a chance to go see the new movie, we split up. Since then I have hit up basically everyone I know to take me while it was still in theaters, to no avail. (Can you believe no one wants to take me to the movie? Yeah, me neither. Just kidding, but it's annoying.) Steve and I even got in the car one day last week to go see it, but we were too late. Yesterday I realized The Amazing Spiderman was in theaters, meaning The Avengers would be pushed out. It has been playing for two months, after all. The point is I've wanted to see it for a long time now, no one took me to see it, so I bought a pair of tickets online and started looking for someone to go with me.

No one was available, because, HELLO Aubrey, it's the freakin' fourth of July.

I finally resigned myself to seeing the movie alone (wasting the second ticket I'd already paid for). We'll skip the part where I thought I had plans with someone and SOMEONE stood me up... let's just go ahead and skip that part because UGH. I don't know why, and I'm somewhat ashamed to admit, it didn't even occur to me to take my son until just an hour before the movie was to start. I was so busy moping around feeling sorry for myself because I didn't have a date or a girl friend to go with me, it didn't even cross my mind.

I announced to Joshua four minutes before I left for the movie that he would be going with me, if he felt like he could handle watching a "grown-up" movie. (I consulted with Twitter first, of course, to be sure it was appropriate for a 9-year-old. My faithful friends assured me it was fine for their 3-, 5-, and 8-year-olds.)

Josh bravely decided he was big enough to go and proudly accompanied me to the movie. As we sat through the previews I almost changed my mind. Yes, I know, lots of people take their children to Twilight and all those other movies, but that's not how I do things. I've kept my kids shielded from a lot more than some people, a lot less than others. Throughout the previews Josh's eyes got bigger and bigger (which is hard to do, his eyes already take up half his face) and he started wringing his hands and nervously kicking his legs. Whenever I asked him if he was OK he put on a brave face and said, "Yep!" After a particularly disturbing preview for "Frankenweenie" I thought for sure he'd back out. The entire movie he kicked his legs against his seat and said, "What just happened?" while wringing and wringing his hands.

After a long movie, worrying about the state of my nine-year-old's nightmares, the movie was finally over and I got to ask him how he liked it. "IT WAS SO AWESOME!!! You know who was creepy, Mom? Those bad guys they were fighting. Those were really creepy looking. Did you know this is the first time you and I have ever gone to see a movie together, just us? It's our first time. And my first time seeing a grown-up movie. I liked our first time." After a minute he asked, "Am I still a kid, Mom?"

Josh, me 2010

Who needs a date when I've got Josh? 

5 comments:

  1. Very good point. Stick with the ones whose love you can count on. My advice for the day...

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  2. I really love this. So sweet. He is so handsome and the perfect date :) I always check too before we see a movie....I thought that The Goonies would be appropriate since it has always been a childhood classic of mine...then i nthe opening credits the word shit was thrown out there...oops!

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  3. This is SO sweet Aubrey! You're such a good Mom! :) ♥

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  4. Awww, *is* he still a kid?
    I'm glad the two of you had a great time

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