What a special treat last weekend. We went to see Pete’s Dragon.
Just so you know, over the summer I have made several plans for outings and special things to do with the grand girls, but their schedules, practices, and desires to do other things have prevented follow through. I guess the only real plan that ended up working out was the trip to visit their Auntie Amy, and even that ended up taking some finesse.
Last week I mentioned to my youngest grand daughter, that I was interested in taking the girls to see Pete’s Dragon. If it rained as predicted a movie was particularly appealing. She had absolutely no interest in seeing the movie. I don’t know why that, as an adult, I sometimes let the girls put the kibosh on things. Oh well. Although it did indeed rain, other things prevented a movie out with me from occurring.
When my son asked us to babysit on Sunday evening, I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to take them to a movie. I wanted to take them to see Pete’s Dragon. It took some time to find a showing nearby. I also wanted to see it in the evening. I finally found a 6:25 PM feature within our area.
I didn’t ask if they wanted to go. I didn’t ask what they wanted to see. I didn’t require that they both agreed. The only person I asked was my husband, the ‘Ole Buckeye (he is not a movie goer), and even he agreed! I simply texted my son that we would be picking up between 5:30 and 5:45 and made sure that they would have eaten.
And so it happened. And so we went. The girls with their little bags of goldfish (because they know that granma never buys treats or popcorn at the theater). The youngest even remembered a sweatshirt for the frigid theater.
I had my purse loaded with treats unbeknownst to the two of them. I never even had to open my provisions.
After an exceedingly quiet drive to the theater with the oldest sleeping the entire trip, we trekked into the theater and purchased the tickets for Pete’s Dragon. (Sticker shock…I had not been to anything other than a matinee in quite some time.)
So there we were the four of us all in a row that the two of them picked out, watching an endless series of trailers of what’s to come. And then the lights dimmed and the movie began.
What words should I use? Sad, Happy, Moving, Exciting, Captivating, Charming, Entertaining, Inspiring, Gripping, Heartbreaking, Uplifting, Touching…all of these and more. It was a study of what endears us to our pets and then amplifying those qualities into the realm of fantasy. It reminded me of past days when a Disney movie really meant something. This movie is Disney at its best.
We were all spellbound and at various times teary as the story unfolded. Tears came intermittently for such varied reasons and our hearts were filled to overflowing with so many different emotions.
The beginning was shocking and reminiscent of the opening scenes of Bambi with tragic loss, but the story unfolded in a slow sweet simplicity which allowed us all to feel the importance of connections and caring, not only for each other but for all that surrounds us.
What a great movie and what a wonderful evening all of us had.
Oh and one last special moment.
We came home to our house with ice cream on our minds. After selecting a flavor of their favorite Hagan Das the three of us squeezed together on our new glider in the courtyard just being together. How I loved sharing the moment. The ‘Ole Buckeye sat across from us with a knowing look in his eye.
So…lesson learned. I will make plans and spring them on the grand girls without their approval. We will have some surprise outings and events. Oh yes, with a few I am sure they will roll your eyes, but with others maybe we can create a memory that all of us can share forever.
So today, thank you Disney for continuing the magic of life and thank you grand girls for sharing life’s magic with me.