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Boys and Their Toys
I don't know if anyone's noticed but Julian is a boy. No, really! He's not just a boy, he's ALL boy, 100% boy, and he always has been. When we first got Julian, I made sure to have a lot of gender-neutral toys and some dolls and only a few things which were very definitely boy toys. Julian would have absolutely none of that. He wanted balls, cars, trucks, trains, wagons, snails and puppy dog tails. Okay, maybe those last two were an exaggeration. By far, Julian's favorite toys are his trucks, particularly the construction trucks. He has nine million stuffed animals and he's never interested in any of them for more than a few minutes. If it doesn't have wheels... well, it better be a power tool.

It is, therefore, unsurprising that Julian wanted to see Pixar's latest feature film: Cars. Seth had to work Sunday morning, so my plan was to take Julian to an Upshurin/Birthday Party at 9:30 and then run off to an 11:00 or 11:40 showing depending on what time we left the park. Julian, however, had other ideas and had a complete and utter meltdown. It was beyond obvious that he wasn't going to be able to stay awake (or civil) for the movie at that point. Plan aborted. Lunch is served, Seth came home, Julian went down for a nap by noon (early for him). I figured he'd sleep until 2 and then we'd catch a 3 or 4 o'clock movie. Julian, of course, had different plans and he slept until after 3. Seth and I debated the wisdom of taking Julian to a 5 o'clock movie (meaning it wouldn't get out until after 7), and finally decided you only live once, so you may as well live dangerously and we set off for a 5 o'clock showing.

We arrived at the theatre around 4:20, got drinks and headed down to the theatre which was still closed for cleaning. Once it opened, we were almost the first people in, so we were able to secure seats where Julian would be able to run around a little without disturbing anyone. Typically when he goes to the movie theatre, he sits nicely for the first 40 minutes or so and then starts running around a bit. I made sure we sat very close to the exit in case we needed to get out quickly if Julian became meltdown-boy again. And we waited. And waited. And waited. Sometime after 5, the previews started. This annoys me. Can't the previews at least start on time?? It's bad enough that the movie doesn't actually start at the time they say, but the previews are late too?? Argh!

Finally, FINALLY, the movie started and Julian settled into his seat. He giggled and pointed and was so very, very excited. Mostly he stayed quiet, with the occasional gasp of joy, pointed finger and ecstatic giggle that he couldn't hold in. And he did not get out of his seat, except once when he climbed into Seth's lap, for the entire movie. That child sat. He sat for the entire 2 hour, 13 minute movie. Those of you who have never met Julian may be wondering why I'm so astounded. Those of you who have met Julian are probably just as astounded as I was.

When the big race at the end of the movie was finished, Julian clapped his hands and shouted "YAY!" with such glee I almost fell out of my seat. As we were walking out of the theatre Julian was babbling with excitement, "Eema! I saw the racecars!" "Eema! I wanna see da racecars again!" "Yay! Racecars!" Such excitement; such joy.

Oh dear. How on earth will we make it through until the DVD release?? A "helpful" friend had asked that very question that morning at the park and I brushed it off thinking, "no big deal." HAH! He's still asking for the racecars and it's TUESDAY! Well, fortunately, I did think a little tiny bit ahead. After the movie, before we headed home, we stopped off at Borders (which is conveniently between the theatre and the parking garage). We got Julian a couple of the Cars movie books and also a pictorial history of John Deere Tractors. Seriously. This is not a children's book, but Julian was fascinated and it was only $10 (for a large-ish book with glossy pages and photos on every page, that's pretty good). Last night, I went to Target and bought Julian Cars sandals, which he loves. So at least he's got plenty of things to keep him busy until the DVD release. And, well, we'll likely be seeing this movie again with him, because it's just so much fun to see Julian so ridiculou
sly happy.
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kmelion From: kmelion Date: June 13th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
BTW, my sister in law now has your bag of goodies...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 21st, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
crud. I'm so sorry. I've had so much going on that it completely slipped out of my head. Again. Right. Um... can you email me her phone number and I'll take care of it? Thanks!

karen_cohen [at] comcast.net
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 21st, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
er... NO.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: June 13th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean about 100% boy. We started out with gender-neutral baby toys -- some soft stuffed animals and a lot of bright, visually stimulating stuff -- but as CJ's grown, his testosterone has been showing more and more. He likes things that are noisy, things that are shiny and things that are big. If they have wheels, he likes them even better. His favorite thing in the apartment is our vacuum cleaner -- which, naturally, is big, noisy and outfitted with a shiny light and wheels. Walt has been joking about installing a kiddie seat on it. We have it hidden, but CJ looks for it. When Walt vacuums, CJ gets this look of complete ecstasy on his face and shrieks with joy.
chite From: chite Date: June 13th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
My friend's son sat through the whole movie and then said "Cars again?" and has been forlorn that he cannot find the movie anywhere in the house (it was his first movie in a theater. To him, movies are on shiny discs).

He now has practically the full set of cars to play with.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 21st, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep. that's pretty much where we are.
real_bethy From: real_bethy Date: June 13th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
This post makes me so happy! Is there anything better than seeing a little kid filled with glee and joy? I doubt it!

Thank you for sharing, Esther Chaya!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 21st, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's really a lot of fun. Thank heavens!
hopeness From: hopeness Date: June 13th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great post. LOL about the tractor book; I once babysat a boy whose favourite video was, I kid you not, a bunch of tractors plowing fields while classical music played in the background.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 21st, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
ohmigosh I have GOT to find that video!!!
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: June 20th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
you think it's kid friendly enough to take asher and levi to? that's awesome!

you know regal cinema has free movies every tues and wed all summer. check their website. better yet, here's a link:

http://www.regalcinemas.com/freefamilyflicks/index2.jsp
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: June 21st, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
sure, depending on when and where you saw it. It's a totally kid-friendly movie.

Thanks for the link to regal... there's not one close enough to me, plus I work during the day, but I'll pass it along to people it might be good for.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: June 21st, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
ah poo. theres not one close to me either. what a pity.
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