Yesterday I had a couple different experiences with people. The first experience was positive, made my heart smile. While at the pizza shop, I walked up to the counter to place my order and when I was done, I turned to go sit down and wait. There were 3 chairs that lined that wall in the tiny building and 2 of those were taken by a woman and her son. I told my mini me to sit in the remaining chair and I stood by the wall. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the woman talking and motioning to her son and then he stood up. The woman moved to the farthest seat away and told me to have a seat. I was astonished, as you don't see that very often nowadays. There have been many numerous times when I have had to stand while grown men would sit and not offer their seat. I told the mother and son thank you and she told me she was trying to teach him young. I happily exclaimed that I was doing the same with my son, making sure he holds the door for people and such as well. We laughed a bit and I told him that it would pay off in the end! When they were leaving I made sure to tell her that she was a good mother. That encounter completely made my day and restored a bit of faith in humanity for me...... that is until I went to the movies later that night......
My fiancee and I went to go see Evil Dead, I was very excited because I loved the first one so much, even though I had heard it wouldn't be campy at all, I had to see it, just to see it. We got to the theater, bought our tickets and started to head in. My fiancee had to use the bathroom, so I went into the theater, which was right next to the bathroom. There was a man standing in front of the doors who asked to see my ticket..I thought that was odd, but showed him anyway and he said he'd remember my man for when he finished doing his business and I went in to get a seat. We always sit in the very back at the top, because we don't like people behind us. As I was approaching the top row, I noticed the first 2 people sitting at the very end of the row at the top of the stairs was an older woman and a little boy, probably around the age of 8, maybe 9. I couldn't believe that this child was in here for this movie, let alone being brought by his mother! Maybe it was his aunt, grandmother, whoever she was, she was old enough to know better. I stepped past them with an "excuse me" and sat a few seats away. When I looked to my right after sitting down, I noticed the 2 people sitting closest to me were 2 young little girls, I'm sorry, 2 young TALKATIVE little girls. They couldn't have been more than 13, maybe 12. I thought my mind was going to explode at the obvious disregard for these children. I'm not the best parent in the world and I consider myself to be pretty lax about most things, but come on! After sitting next to the 2 most annoying out of place children in the world, I decided I had had enough and instead of unleashing on them like I wanted to, I simply chose to move away to new seats. (Very proud of myself for that) Not only were these little girls in a movie totally inappropriate for their age group, but they clearly had no respect for other people with all of the noise they were making.
After the movie, a family of 3 passed by us going down the aisle, the mother, father, and their 6 year old son. I don't understand this phenomenon. Why is it ok to take young children to such graphic movies? What are these parents achieving by allowing this? Am I the one who is crazy to think that this is not ok? Who knows, maybe it is just me. Maybe it is just me who thinks that subjecting such young and impressionable minds to such gore is not the appropriate thing to do. Maybe it's just me who thinks that we should be surrounding children with positive images and educational aspects of life and show them the benefits of being kind, gracious, and things alike. While I'm all about giving kids the reality of life, I don't find anything from Evil Dead to be any kind of reality.
What do you think?