A few weeks ago, my son saw a commercial on TV for the movie Hotel Transylvania 2. He was so excited when he saw the commercial, that I asked him if he wanted to go to the movies to see it.
He yelled out “YAAAAY!!!” and was jumping around the house like it was Christmas morning!
I was so excited at the idea of taking my son to the movies, because he never seemed to show any interest in anything like that before. I’ve been dreaming about this moment for six years to be perfectly honest, and I just had to find the right time please to do this.
Fast forward to this past Saturday evening.
I told Willy that when we got home from his social group on Saturday, we’d have some dinner and then go to the movies together. “The movies!” He yelled. He was so excited that he was jumping around the house and hugging the dog, all the while telling Everest that he was going to the movies to see vampires, werewolves, a mummy, etc. It was seriously too cute for words!
This was starting to become a big deal for us, and I was just as giddy and excited as he was at the prospect of going to our first movie together. Like I said, I’ve been waiting six years for this moment.
When we pulled into the movie theater parking lot, Willy was in awe by all the lights. He thought they were pretty and kept pointing out the blinking ones to me. He waited patiently next to me while I got our tickets, and was even more excited to find out that our seats were red!
His excitement was contagious! The big screen was such a trip for him. I told him that the movie we are going to see was in 3-D and he needed special glasses in order to see the screen clearly.
When the previews started, he was kept saying, “here we go!” But he didn’t understand why he had to sit and watch five of them before the actual movie started. When we’re at home we just skip right over them, and that’s what he kept asking for.
He was starting to get aggravated, and that wasn’t a good sign.
When the movie finally started, I told him to put on a special glasses. He actually wore them for several minutes. But after a little while, he took them off. I asked him again if wanted to wear his glasses, because watching a movie in blurry 3-D vision just didn’t seem as fun. It was no big deal really, but I just wanted him to have a good experience. He refused to wear them again.
Ok. No biggie.
As the movie got underway, I could hear him giggling and laughing at all the right parts. I was thinking to myself, “wow! This is actually happening! This is fantastic!” I couldn’t believe that he was actually sitting still and watching the movie! We snuggled together, and at one point, he asked for a juice box and a snack. I reached into my bag and gave him one. My mind was blown! That’s how proud of him I was.
He was munching and watching!
40 minutes into the movie, I look over to ask him if he was all done with his snack, and he was sound asleep!
A minute ago, he was laughing his head off, and now suddenly he’s asleep? (Sigh)
My happy mom buzz was completely gone. He was missing one of his favorite parts in the commercial, so I tried to shake him awake, but he just turned over in his chair and started snoring.
So I rubbed his back, and I asked him if he wanted to go home. He sleepily said “yes,” so I put his coat on him… and we left.
He slept the entire ride home, but I was still proud of my boy. This was a big deal for us, because now I know that he can handle going to the movies. We can go see any movie that he wants now, and I know that he can handle it and behave himself.
Yesterday morning I asked him to tell his dad what his favorite part was, and he did! Jason was so proud of him, and so was I. We can’t wait to take him to his next movie as a family, but for now, I’m just going to bask in that “successful mom glow” and know that my son has come such a long way since last year. Way to go kiddo! I am so proud of you!