For the first time since he was eight months old we took Mister to the cinema. We were nervous and we went back and forth on the idea a lot, but at the end of the day we both really wanted to see The Muppets and we thought it would be a parenting fail if we saw it without our kid.
He was great. He really liked it and, while the film was a little long for his attention span (we lost him about 20 minutes from the end, but he still behaved and waited until the credits to leave), he enjoyed sitting in the theatre. Thirty minutes into the film he said, "Mommy, daddy, it's like a big TV!", and ten minutes later he discovered popcorn. It was easy as pie after that.
The whole time I had to stop myself from taking photos. I think, since we have all embraced smart phones, facebook and twitter, it has become incredibly hard to resist the urge to share share share! At least a dozen times a day I think, "Oh, I should put that on twitter" and then I check myself and say WWTHC (What Would Thomas Haden Church [in Easy A]) do?
I don't know what your generation's fascination is with documenting your every thought, but I can assure you, they're not all diamonds. 'Roman is having an OK day, and bought a Coke Zero at the gas station. Raise the roof.' Who gives a rat's ass?
Today I had to say to myself, "Who gives a rat's ass about my kid experiencing the magic of the movies for the first time in his life?" And then, realising it was only about five people, I cried. That and the Muppets sang "Rainbow Connection". That shit is deep, man.
So, I didn't take any pictures or video. I glanced over at him while he watched The Muppets sing and dance and do slapstick to see his reactions so I could be sure that I experienced his first movie-going experience and to catalogue those memories that I want to have until he is old and grey. Isn't that what they say about parenting? Remember all the moments because they grow up quick? I guess that shouldn't include a photo shoot during a sold-out movie, though.
I'm totally whipping out my iPhone next time, though. Mark my words.