I am flattered when the cashier of a grocery store asks to see my ID for the “adult refreshments” I am buying. Given my age and even my appearance, I really don’t look that young, they are either strictly following the rules or playing on my ego. One way I accept willingly, the other I suck up just as it was intended.
This weekend I will be inviting my 3 year old grandson, Jackson, to go on an outing with me to the movies. I am hoping “Cars 3” just came out or is at least still playing as I intend to end my dry streak of missing out on Disney and Pixar films. I have decided it is time to return to my inner child.
But I have this question. If they card you to be sure you are old enough to buy the adult beverages, do they have some sort of screening for going to a Disney flick? Now I am not talking about Jackson, I am referencing me. I am imagining this scenario. I go to a Disney film alone and when attempting to purchase my ticket, the usher states “Sir, I will need to see your child.” I will then reply that I don’t have a child and that I was just wanting to take in the show. Things will escalate to the manager who will explain that these movies are for children and that without the proper child escort, I am going to need to leave the establishment. And there it is, I have been successfully childed.
Hopefully you have humored me to this point and are not ready to question my sanity. I just find it an interesting premise on the other end of the scale. I am looking forward to taking Jackson to the movies with me but I know that I could attend alone. I would stand out and I am sure there would be questioning stares, but I would deal with it for the shear pleasure of enjoying the wonderful world of cartoons and especially the peppered seasoning of innuendos. But why go alone when I can take a child. Especially my grandson.
And so I will ask Jackson to come with me and when they child me, I will proudly point to Jackson and say “I think this one should do nicely.” And then Jackson and I will settle into our seats with a big tub of popcorn and enjoy the wonders that Disney will lay out. He will laugh appropriately while I will snicker at the innuendos and hope I will not be asked to explain. And for an hour or so I will be back in time, sitting with my two daughters at my side savoring the memories and drinking in the emotions they evoke.
So go ahead AMC, child me. Jackson I are ready and excited to entertain our inner child…and maybe some popcorn.