Wednesday, June 29, 2005

wiggling, dark forces, and promises

Promises to children should always be kept, don't you think? My little friend, Matt (7) asked me a few weeks ago when we would have a day of fun. Busy as I am, I told him let's wait until school is out. 8 days before the last day of school, I got a call from my dear little friend. He wanted to hold me down to a date.

Today was the day...and boy did we ever have fun!

We went to see Star Wars. He was so excited. We got to the theater early so we decided to grab some pizza. He was not dazzled by the likes of "Spaghetti and Meatball Pizza" and "Barbecue Chicken Pizza" that appeared on the kiddy menu. Nope...just plain cheese would do for him. We colored-by-number in the book they gave us while we waited for our tiny pizza. When it came, I showed him how to fold the slice over and eat it that way. He really liked that idea a lot.

I am not entirely used to how 7 year olds act. I thought that maybe they sat up straight at the table while eating. Not my friend. He reclined sideways on the one point kicking his feet up into the air. He squirmed and wiggled. I did remind him that this wasn't particularly appropriate behavior for a restaurant. For about 2 minutes he sat up nice and straight. And then the wiggles got him again.

The wiggles attacked during the movie too. Especially during the slow parts. We made a game of drinking our soda with every mention of the word "force". Unfortunately, that meant a couple of mid-movie trips to the bathroom. I worried the whole time I waited outside the men's bathroom that he was okay in there. But not for long because he really wanted to get back to the movie. (I didn't hear any handwashing, that's for sure!)

He was so excited during parts of the movie that he squealed with joy. At other parts I looked over at my sweet friend's face so full of wonder that it looked like he could just bust wide open like a watermelon.

So, I played a little hooky today because I'd made that promise to my little friend...and I'm so glad I did.


Allie said...

I'm sure you made his day! Very sweet story :)

Waterfall said...

What a delightful story. Sounds like y'all had lots of fun!

Anonymous said...

Oh Amy, this is so sweet. Yes, you can teach a child so much by what you do, or DON'T do, don't you think? I'm so glad he learned that sometimes people KEEP their promises.

I have a 4 year old who is absolutely obsessed with Star Wars. I've seen every one of the 6 films so many times I could probably quote the script ver betum! Is that spelled right (ver betum?)? Anyway, I'm sure you had a fun day. At least you got to look at a young Harrison Ford for a couple hours. That's pretty good, heh?

You're such a nurturer, Amy. You seem to be one of those women who is a mother at birth! You are such a blessing to all the children in your life!