Summertime means looking forward to vacations, swimming in the pool, and heading to the movie theater to watch the summer blockbusters.
Watching movies, no matter the reason or the season, has always been a favorite pastime of mine, and something I love sharing with my children. Other than reading a book, I can’t think of a better way to escape and engage our imaginations than watching characters and stories come to life on the big screen.
My love of movies started in the summer when my aunt would pick me up, take me to lunch, and then let me choose the movie. The theater is where I fell in love with Han Solo and galaxies far, far away; learned that, no matter what brand, no popcorn tastes as good as movie theater popcorn; and that, with special effects and a little Hollywood magic, anything is possible.
Now, with a four-year-old daughter and a two-and-a-half-year-old son (both full of endless energy), catching a movie to escape the unbearable Houston heat is often the only way I get to sit still for an hour or two. It’s an added bonus when both kids want to sit in my lap and snuggle while we watch the latest family-friendly flick. They’re probably just getting closer to the popcorn, but either way I enjoy having them cuddle.
I mean, seriously, why would you go swimming when the temperature is over 100 degrees and the pool feels like a pot getting ready to boil when you can sit in a cool movie theater sipping on ICEES? Actually, it doesn’t matter if it’s hot, nice, or the worst thunderstorm in years. We love movies, and the weather is just an excuse to see the newest release.
And maybe, just maybe, one day, one or both of our children will pursue a career in acting. When they take the stage to accept their Academy Award, they’ll credit their win to a love of films instilled by mom and dad taking them to the movies.
So, if you come see us this summer, and no one’s home, we’re probably at the movies watching those cute minions from Despicable Me 2, seeing Planes for the tenth time (I’m sure it will be my son’s favorite movie, based on his reaction to the previews), or seeing how Mike and Sulley met at Monsters University.
Kristin writes for Surf and Sunshine about life in Texas and being a WAHM to a 4-year-old daughter and a 2-and-a-half-year-old son. To read more by Kristin, visit SurfandSunshine.com or follow her on Twitter @SurfnSunshine.