Well, we tried a first tonight. Marc was gone for the day and the movie Ratatouille was at the cheap theater in town. So I was thinking that the boys might like to see it. I mean, AJ gets in free, so even if it doesn’t work, we aren’t out much.
First of all, even though the movie was rated G, the previews weren’t. They showed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Bratz, Transformers, etc… During Harry Potter, I was literally holding Andrew’s head so that he would look me and was trying to get him to recall the Jonah story we just learned today.
Anyway, the movie started and so far, so good. Andrew and AJ seemed pretty transfixed for the first 30 minutes. However, the second half hour was a struggle. AJ started to get squirmy – not too bad, just a bit. But Andrew, started asking to leave. I tried to pacify both of them with a dum-dum sucker. Then another one. Then peanut butter crackers. These worked, but only temporarily. Andrew’s requests to leave became louder and closer to each other.
So after only a hour into the movie, we left. We hit the restroom to clean up from the suckers. I then tried to talk Andrew into trying the movie again, since we got a little break… but no dice. The mall was right beside the theater, so we walked over there and the boys played a bit in their play area before we headed home for the night.
I am proud of how they behaved. Both boys were obedient and well mannered. They just didn’t want to be there and let me know. Ah, maybe, next year we can try a ‘real’ movie again. Until, then, I am going to have to rent Ratatouille, because, well, I want to see how it ends!