I recently went to see Transformers 3 in the theatre with a friend. It never ceases to amaze me when I see parents bringing children who are much too young in to a movie that is inappropriate.
I know I’m probably preaching to the choir here, but I was extra appalled at the dysfunction of the parents in this particular case. At first the dad was sitting to my right with the daughter. The mother later came in the theatre with their son and all kinds of food that would make Jaime Oliver’s head spin.
The mother apparently didn’t like the spot that her partner had picked and wanted to move down the aisle a bit. But he was fine right where he was and remained obstinate about not wanting to move. At this point the mother and children are sitting to the left of my friend and the father to my right. Before long the daughter comes over and asks her daddy to come sit with them. He grudgingly joins them a couple minutes later.
How many examples of assness? Let me count the ways. 1. Public display of infantile disagreement to the point of poutily sitting in your own corners. 2. Using your child to make your spouse do what you want. 3. Not paying enough attention to the children in the first place. (I estimated them to be between 3 and 5.) And finally: 4. Bringing them to a movie in which huge killer robots are vaporizing citizens of Chicago dozens at a time.
I’m sure there’s much more that I’m missing. But I have to wonder, will things like this bother me less when I am a parent myself? Will they bother me more? Am I extra judgy now when I can be righteously indignant without kids? I love movies and I know I will miss them, but please don’t let me be the ass who takes kids who are too young to the movies.