A girl and a movie

Once upon a time there was a little wolfgirl who couldn't sit still and cried when you tried to make her. Years passed with tales of other little girls sitting in the darkened theatres where imagination is turned into breathtaking feats of sight and sound. And so it came time for the wolfgirl to visit the dark rooms full of magic and wonder.

Flanked by a band of wizened and protective elders who had big dreams for the wolfgirl, her body buzzed with excitement on the big day.

Once in the dark room, she settled sweetly into her high-backed chair and snuggled the bikini-clad monkey destined to always be by her side.

She then watched Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Barbie, Ken and the other characters as they fought for significance and the true meaning of friendship.

And despite disruptions by her overzealous and enthusiastic mother, the wolfgirl made it through a good chunk of the story on the silverscreen.

Until, that is, she discovered the bathroom with automatic hand dryers, the free fliers in the theatre lobby,  and -- most tantalizing of all -- the arcade outfitted with too many flashing lights and blinking-red buttons.

So she didn't see her mother wiping her eyes as the movie drew to a close. And she didn't understand why she couldn't stay at the movie theatre forever. But she knew that Woody is noble and that Buzz is hilarious and that Jessie is her favorite. She knew that a cold, dark theatre on a blistering-hot summer day can be magical.

And a new family tradition is born.

**This post is part of Wordful Wednesdays.**


  • Jackie

    Aw, how cute!! We took my son to see it last Friday. Wasn't it a great movie? I was wiping my eyes at the end too.


  • Cheri

    Yeah Wolfgirl! Mine were about the same age their first time. Sarah's first movie was "Lion King" - big mistake. I had no idea it would be so dark & violent in parts. The family went to see TS3 last weekend, but I was too sick to go, so I'll have to wait until it comes out on video.

  • Courtney Jenkins

    I LOVE the picture where you can see her little eyes giving you the "what the ???" look through the glasses! Priceless!
    I'm so glad you had a great experience! I'm going to take Luke to see TS3 too, but I'm not brave enough to do it in 3D!!!

  • ck

    Seriously, she is gorgeous. That last photo of her is adorable.

  • Justine

    Yay to new traditions. Especially when it involves something we're passionate about in the first place. I love the movies and can't wait to share the magic with my daughter. So glad it went well for you. I loved Toy Story 3 too. So sad, yet so wonderful!

  • Kelly Miller

    @Courtney, I didn't want to take her to see it in 3D, but our theatre didn't really advertise that all matinee showings are 3D. ALL OF THEM. So no choice, because she would've exploded if we turned around and left.

    @ck - Thank you! She's our "meanie weenie" aka "Evirella" aka "Hella," but we'll keep her. :)

    @Justine - We have $1 kids movies throughout the summer, so we'll be sticking to those from now on, but TS3 was pretty amazing. I'm glad we saw it on the big screen.

  • Rudri

    My daughter and my husband watched Toy Story 3 three days ago. It has definitely took some time to get there - we have probably left a couple of movies midway because she couldn't sit through the previews and the movie. But progress has been made - she loved Toy Story 3. So glad you are starting this new tradition with your kiddo!

  • Stacy Uncorked

    And a good tradition it is! She is ADORABLE! :)

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  • Corinne Cunningham

    Sounds like it was a fantastic experience for all :)
    I'm going back and forth with taking Fynn to see it... he loves the other toy story movies... So I'm glad to hear it went well for you guys!

  • TKW

    I am waiting for the day when Miss M. can sit still in a movie theater. She's a total menace right now! Glad you enjoyed your day together.

  • The Drama Mama

    Yay!!! We took Scooby to see the newest Shrek a few weeks ago and I was SO proud of how he did. Isn't it fun that we can take our kids to the movies now?!? YAY!!!

  • Anonymous

    Love it. Love her rolling her eyes at you, too. :-)

  • becca

    One of our most favorite traditions with hannah is going to the movies, letting her seek out the perfect seat, sharing popcorn and holding hands. I love the movies. And traditions. And I can't wait to see TS3!!

    Love this.

  • Honey Mommy

    We are SO taking our boys to see this movie! It is going to be awesome!

  • C (Kid Things)

    Maybe THAT was my son's problem, I should have given him a monkey! He might not have been so scared if he had a monkey to hold on to. heh. Great pictures!

  • Sarah

    I am proud to say (is this wrong?) that all three of my kids sat perfectly still throughout the entire movie. Even the 2YO! And? It was such a delicious adventure that we are heading back today with my sis and her kids!


  • Heather

    I love the sunglasses! So stinkin' cute!!!

  • Anonymous

    My husband took my daughter to see it last weekend, and though it was her first move, she somehow knew there would be candy involved. We weren't brave enough to see the 3D show though! =>

  • Cheryl

    I love that you wrote about this so you (and later Bella) can look back at her first movie on the big screen. :)

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