Yesterday we went to see the Minion Movie. It’s usually just me and Anderson. Tina went with us once before. Yesterday we took Spencer because he loves the minions in the Despicable Me movie. He is captivated by them so we figured he would like the movie. It was the first time he went to a theater to see a movie. He’s two. We weren’t sure how he would handle it. I was prepared for him to be afraid of the dark (I took a small glow stick he could put around his neck to give him a little light). We were prepared for him wanting something to eat (I baked minion cookies and we had minion fruit snacks). The boys had minion t shirts and all four of us (Anderson, Spencer, Tina, and I) had minion temporary tattoos. We were ready!
Well, when the lights went out and the previews began, Spencer was not scared. He was fine. He was sitting in his mommy’s lap. For about five minutes. Then he got off her lap and stood behind the seat in front of him (we were in the last row and had no one in the three rows in front of us) and just watched. When the movie started, he watched intently. For about 20 minutes. Then he walked to the aisle and stood there. For about 2 minutes. Then off he went, down the aisle, slowly, watching the screen and then back up the aisle to our row. Very quietly he stood there, at the end of the row. He did that several times. Didn’t bother anyone; just walked up and down the aisle.
Then it happened. Someone came into the theater and Spencer realized there was a door there. So off he went, pushing the door and going out into the lobby, his mommy in hot pursuit. They came back a few minutes later and he sat on her lap and watched for awhile. Then he repeated the whole thing: stood to watch; walked to the end of the row; walked up and down the aisle; back to the end of our row; then out the door to the lobby again. And off went his mommy to get him. The third time, I went out to get him. We walked around the lobby for a bit. He seemed to want to explore so I let him see what was around, but stopped him short of walking into one of the other theaters (there are 8 screens at that theater) then we went back to our movie.
The next time he walked out of the theater, Tina went after him. They were gone about ten minutes when the door opened and Spencer came back in with a big smile on his face and sat on my lap. No Tina. I waited for her to come back in. She finally came back in about three or four minutes later. Boy was she relieved to find Spencer! Apparently, she was in the bathroom and Spencer crawled under the stall door and wandered off. She looked for him as soon as she was able to but couldn’t find him. She went into the theater to get me so I could help her find him but then she saw him sitting on my lap.
He’s like that. He has a very good sense of direction. He knows exactly where he is going. He wandered out of the bathroom and came straight back to me. He didn’t end up in the men’s room, or in the wrong theater. And thank goodness he didn’t turn right out of the bathroom instead of left because that would take him to the exit doors and he would be out in the parking lot!
So I’ve nicknamed him The Homing Pigeon. He knows exactly where he’s been and where he’s going. One place he won’t be going back to for awhile is the theater!