A few weeks ago, when M and I saw the advertisement for The Lion King in theaters again, we both knew we had to take Butter to see it. It helped that Butter kept asking to see it pretty much every time he saw the commercial. We just weren’t sure when we were going to be able to take him.
Enter my conversation with MIL on the way home from Bike to the Bay. I mentioned to her that we wanted to take Butter – and this is when we thought it was only available in 3D – and told her it was a limited engagement and we didn’t know when we were going to be able to go. They have plans this evening, but she said they’d be happy to take Little Bear for the afternoon so we could go. Enter me texting M to let him know, then the frantic scramble for movie times.
Today is when we realized we didn’t have to see it in 3D. Butter has seen a 3D movie before [Yogi Bear, for his first movie with his Pop Pop], but after a little discussion with M, he and I decided we didn’t want to do the 3D show because of some of the scarier scenes. So we found a show near our house [and at a special price, too!] and my FIL stopped by to pick up Little Bear after he ran an errand.
We ate a quick lunch, stopped at the Dollar Store for candy [I’m allergic to paying $3.25 for Raisinettes], and got to the theater with six minutes to spare. I should point out that I was really pushing M to leave the house by noon for a 12:30 show, because I knew we wanted to grab snacks. He was right, we got there in plenty of time. [There’s your proof you were right, M. This post is date and time stamped.]
Butter asked lots of questions through the previews. He spoke up a few times during the movie, but not too much. At one point, M and I were both holding his hands and he squeezed pretty tightly. He got a little scared a few times, but he was a trooper throughout.
He looooooved the movie. He said he wants to see it again and again. It was nice for M and I on a few levels. We got to see a movie neither of us has seen in years. We were both reminded of songs and scenes we’d forgotten. Apparently while I was in the store buying our candy, M told Butter if he was a very good boy, we would get him a balloon after the movie. He got a Mickey Mouse balloon and said, “Hey, there’s a mirror on the other side!” when we were on our way home.
As we pulled into the driveway, his little voice spoke up from the backseat. “Thank you, Mommy and Pop, for taking me to see the movie and my balloon.” When it was time to let him out of the car, I told him I wanted to kiss him. After I finished, he said, “Aww shucks!”
We realized something very important with this trip, but I’ll write about that another day.
For now, I leave you with Butter and his mirror.