Karen (estherchaya) wrote,

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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