The Caskey Family


Elijah and Daddy at the Movies: Ratatouille
July 17, 2007, 2:20 am
Filed under: Elijah, Jeremy

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This weekend Elijah and I (Jeremy) had the opportunity to go to the movies. We saw Ratatouille (Rat-a-too-ee)! It was a great movie, but the experience was even better. This happens to be the third movie Elijah has been to, the first he’s finished. Adina dropped us off with a cell phone, in case we were unable to get through the entire movie. She and Merry went to a nearby Panera Bread to enjoy some time together and surf the internet. We tried to time our arrival as close to the start of the movie as possible, with just enough time to get popcorn and our seats. We brought Elijah’s booster chair with tray – so he was a captive audience. Adina packed us some peanut butter tortillas and milk for Elijah to counteract the greasy popcorn daddy wanted to buy. She also suggested that we wait to start the snacks until after the previews when the movie started. This stretched Elijah out for the long road ahead. The movie was 1 hour and 55 minutes – hardly a kid friendly timing. After each preview Elijah asked for “kapoop (popcorn) pease.”

Five previews later the movie started and I loaded his tray with popcorn, tortillas, and sippy cup. 1 hour and 30 minutes later he was still eating, quietly enjoying the movie. He loved the rats, or mouse, as he calls them and was thoroughly entertained – even clapping at some points. I was impressed. My two year old sat through a whole movie. The last 15 minutes of the movie he got a little restless saying he was all done, asking for mommy, and tossing a few pieces of popcorn onto the floor. His behavior was still pretty good and more importantly he was pretty quiet. We were in the home stretch and I felt like we made it. I gave him a wet wipe to clean his hands and the remainder of the popcorn to eat. He thankfully regained his interest for the last 10 minutes or so, after only a 5 to 10 minute stint of disinterest and being ready to go.

The credits rolled, he clapped and cheered, and I got him out of his chair. As I gathered up his chair, cup, and bag, my little man made his way down the stairs for the exit. At my instruction he waited for me at the bottom. I was so proud of my little man. For a movie buff like myself, this experience was like a rite of passage, a bar-mitzvah of sorts. We walked out together hand in hand, talking about our experience, with me praising him all the way. When we got out to the car we greeted Adina and Merry with wide smiles, as if we had just accomplished something grand.

It’s nice to find a movie that can entertain both a 29 and 2 year old. Ratatouille was thoroughly enjoyable, well written and produced. It’s getting rave reviews. We’ll have to buy it. Check it out if you get the chance.