Something rare occurred this past Saturday night in Seattle readers. Mrs. LIAYF and I actually had a night out together. A date night.
We have been having trouble recently finding a sitter who Lukas knows to watch him for an evening while we get away and spend some time together. Thankfully, we finally had some luck. We had a nice time too taking in the new Harry Potter film on the giant screen at Seattle's Cinerama, before walking downtown to grab some hot chocolate and see the Christmas decorations.
But, other than spending some quality time with the lovely Mrs. LIAYF, there was something else that I took away from the evening. Something that really didn't sit well with me.
First, after the movie had ended, we witnessed a couple exiting the theater followed by what appeared to be no more than a 3 or 4 year old boy. I had to do a double take. Now, if you haven't seen The Deathly Hallows, I will tell you that it was perhaps the darkest, scariest movie of the Harry Potter series so far. It was chock full of scenes filled with both frightening as well as adult content. All of those troubling scenes made this movie a lot to process, even for a desynsitized dude like myself.
Mind you, this was not the first time we have witnessed something similar. When we went to see the previous Potter film as well as Avatar (in IMAX 3D), there were several very young children in attendance at each of those shows. Again, those kids were easily under 5 years old. Like I said, we don't get out much since Lukas was born and attend very few movies in theaters. Therefore it makes me wonder if what we witnessed was common.
On top of that, while I was waiting to get our hot chocolate Saturday night at nearly 11:00 PM, I was behind a mother and her son who may have been pushing 2 years old. The boy was obviously tired and a bit upset, so she appeased him by buying him a rather large chocolate Santa Claus. She gave it to him to open and eat while I stood behind and watched in amazement.
I don't like to pass judgement on people. Honestly that is not my style, and I usually like to give people the benefit of the doubt, but these parenting choices I just don't understand. If you remember, we nearly pulled the plug on Up a couple of months ago and have opted for milder movies since then. Maybe we are just parents who fall more into the conservative spectrum.
I will actually give Santa Mom more benefit because I don't know what their normal sleep routine is. Maybe he slept in until 10:00 on Sunday, but as the father of a 3 year old I just don't see any justification for subjecting children that young to that degree of dark and frightening movie. I couldn't imagine Lukas trying to process and understand all the images he would have seen. Like I said, it didn't sit well with me.
But that's just me.
What do you think readers? Have you seen many very young children at clearly adult movies?