The boys settling in their cinema seats
I’ve heard of the Mums & Babies movie program at Golden Village and when they finally had another show coming up. I wasted no time and went ahead with a booking two weeks in advance. You bet I was excited about bringing my 18 months old boy to the cinema. That day came and went, and I hereby conclude that it’s a bad idea to bring your baby or toddler into the cinema.
The Golden Village website states “Screenings will be held in a conducive environment and the hall will be dim. Babies crying and running toddlers are to be expected. ” And being a mother myself, of course I knew what to expect when you put a bunch of babies together, much less in a cinema theatre.
But like every other parent, I thought I had it all under control. Obviously, with kids, you never have anything under control. Just mere 30 minutes into the Lego movie, my boy started to gesture for his milk before promptly falling asleep once he was done. By then, it was almost chaotic in the cinema as the other babies and toddlers got restless. Some thought it would be the perfect time to practice stairs-climbing or run around the front rows.
I guess I was lucky in the sense that Asher had decided to take a snooze. So I didn’t have to worry about him wanting to partake in any of the “restless toddlers” rituals that was happening around me. Besides, I had wanted to watch the Lego movie ever since it came out but a movie is a thing of luxury for a stay-home mother. I mean, I can’t even take a shower in peace, much less go out and enjoy a movie. So here I was, kid napping in my arms but I’m finally watching the Lego movie! (*Pumps fist in air*)
One and a half hours into the movie, I feel a hand grope my shoulder from behind and an embarrassed Dad apologizing while trying to get his toddler back on his seat. Then the kid sitting in-front spots Asher and is trying to climb up his seat to get a closer look, all the while chanting “Baby!” non-stop.
Asher wakes up and the show ends 10 minutes later. We were one of the first to leave the cinema because I couldn’t wait to get out of there. I guess we would probably have to wait for Asher to turn 4 or 5 before we bring him for his first proper movie. After all, I was 5 years old when I watched my first movie, The Little Mermaid, and I behaved perfectly well.