Just about every parent has experienced that moment when their kid loses something in public and all hell breaks loose. I’d somehow managed to avoid that drama until this weekend when my luck finally ran out. The funny/sad part is that Annie didn’t lose her wobble, princess doll, or other prized possession. She lost a pair of costume goggles, but based on the way she acted you’d think she’d lost the Hope Diamond.
Everything started out sweetly enough. We were having breakfast when she suddenly said, “Hey! We never saw Planes!” I’d told Annie that I’d take her to see Planes when it first came out, but after hearing a number of lackluster reviews I decided not to mention it again. Annie didn’t mention it again either, so I stupidly figured she’d forgotten about it. (I say “stupidly” because the girl forgets nothing.)
In hindsight I should have known Annie would bring it up again because she’s been on a a flying kick of late. Not only has she been enthralled by the planes in James’ travel themed nursery, but Grandma Linda gave her an Amelia Earhart costume.
“You’re right, Annie. We never did go see it,” I said, feigning disbelief. “Want to go today?”
Annie’s eyes lit up. “Can I wear my pilot costume?”
So this was who I ended up taking with me to the theater:
As we waited in line for tickets Annie passed the time by pretending to fly:
Once we got inside the employees loved Annie. In fact, the girl running the concession stand smiled from ear to ear upon seeing her and said, “Let me guess. You’re here to see Planes?”
We soon left the concession stand and I snapped a couple more photos of Annie on the way into the screening room. After a couple minutes of watching the movie, though, I looked over at Annie and realized she was missing the little goggles that were on her head. Crap.
I figured that the goggles could have fallen off any time between getting out of the car and sitting down, but then I remembered the photos I took on the way in and sneaked a quick look at them for clues. By playing detective I discovered this:
In this photo – taken no more than ten feet away from the entrance to the screening room – Annie still has the goggles on her head…
…but in this photo – taken in front of the entrance to the screening room – the goggles are missing.
Figuring the goggles must be right outside the door, I told Annie that we had to go into the lobby for a second.
“To get your goggles.”
Looking back that was pretty dumb to tell her, but since it had only been a couple minutes I figured we’d easily find the goggles. When we got into the lobby, however, the goggles were nowhere to be found.
Annie, upon realizing her goggles were gone, burst into tears. I told her we’d find them, but when the manager informed us that no one had found or turned in any goggles, and after I’d sifted through the trash, it became clear the goggles had inexplicably disappeared between photos 1 and 2.
I managed to talk Annie into watching the rest of the movie, but when it was over she started crying for her goggles again. There was lots of drama, and I felt like crap, especially since I was trying to do something fun for her and ended up bringing her home in tears.
There’s a happy ending of sorts to this story, thankfully. That night I told Annie that many pilots use their swim goggles when flying, and she bought it. She now has a very interesting look when she wears her pilot hat:
Happy ending aside, I’m still wondering what the heck happened to those goggles!
You’re such a wonderful daddy Mike & a creative one as well!!
Totally agree. Such great ideas!
So, did you/she liked the movie?!? We live in Geneva and the movie premiers until October… We are planning on taking our son, for the first time, to the movies to watch it. (I think he’s ready (he’s 2.8 years old), but my husband disagrees)…
It depends on how easy the movie is to follow. The movie Cars would have been great. Cars 2 was a disaster–totally inappriopriate even for my 4 year old. There was torture and innuendo…really it was ridiculous.
But most kids that age can sit through most of a short animated movie. And everyone else in the theater will be super-young and not so quiet. Also, the earlier you start going to the movies, the more used to it your kids will be.
I attended my first movie at a year old–it was Star Wars!
“Planes” wasn’t Annie’s favorite movie, but she did enjoy it, especially all of the flying parts. I would imagine your little guy would like it because he will likely enjoy the flying parts and not need to understand plot so much. I think the key to taking a toddler to the movies for the first time is being prepared to leave if it doesn’t go well. It probably will go well, but if he cries and cries don’t feel you have to stay and suffer through it. Good luck!
Lisa F. says:
Unfortunately, someone probably saw them and said, “Hey, free goggles!” and took them. Glad you were able to come up with a suitable replacement!
With the pictures for help, Heather should be able to make a new pair for Annie. She’s pretty creative and it shouldn’t be too difficult. Someone probably thought they were trash and toss them. So sorry.
Did you leave a note for the lost and found at the theater? They may turn up yet!
And yeah, it doesn’t matter what possession it is, as soon as kids realize a toy is missing, it becomes THE.MOST.IMPORTANT.TOY.EVER. We’ve been through it with dolls, books, beads (don’t ask) and individual lego pieces.
We’ve gotten so paranoid we take stock of what’s in our forgetful kid’s hands as soon as she leaves the house. Sometimes, on a good day, I manage to hide everything in my purse for safekeeping.
I couldn’t agree more – definitely call the theater and let them know you lost them, if you haven’t already. I left my checkbook at the register at the grocery store once and didn’t realize it until a few days later. It was not in the lost and found. Another few days later, I checked again and it WAS there. All intact, nothing missing. Go figure!
My son just lost a DS game cartridge last week in the ballet store when we were there to buy my daughter’s ballet shoes. I wasn’t even sure if he had lost it there, because it could have fallen out of the case in the car, or as we crossed the busy street to the store, or just about anywhere.
I figured I had nothing to lose and I called the store.
I was surprised that someone had found the tiny cartridge and turned it in.
Do call. You never know!
Great parental save!!! Love your posts.