I realize things have been pretty slow here since Oscar season, but not without good reason. I only have a couple of weeks (or less!) left before my bundle of joy bursts out of me Alien style and into the world. My husband and I have been preparing for months in many ways. Sure, most everyone gets a crib, some cute tiny clothes and a stockpile of diapers, dreaming of pushing a stroller and witnessing a child’s first everything. But I’ve been taking it a bit further.
Slowly, I have gathered a decent blu-ray and dvd collection. And the latest additions have all been treasured Disney and Pixar films. From sweet classics like Bambi and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh to modern greats like Finding Nemo and Brave, I hope to share these with my child, when the time comes. Until then, they will still make good entertainment for me and background noise for baby that I can feel good about. In fact, I hope to put Fantasia on within the baby’s first few days.
I know one day, as junior becomes more technologically advanced, certain movies will have to be kept out of reach. The Quentin Tarantio collection my husband and I have gathered won’t come out with little eyes and ears in range. Just imagine the damage done in just a few minutes of Reservoir Dogs, Jaws or Saving Private Ryan. We’ll get to those when the time comes, some in a decade or so, but no earlier.
I’m already wondering when to first take my child to a public screening setting. Taking a baby to a movie theater never seemed right to me, so I know I’ll be out of the loop on new releases for a while. My husband and I have already discussed how I’ll be going out on my own for most of next years Oscar nominated movies. However, I am hoping our town continues to screen family classics in the park this summer. Free, outdoors, informal and with other small children possibly being more disruptive than ours, what a paradise!
Of course there are some things I don’t want to rush into, got to make sure we put the horse before the cart. This kid needs to learn to swim before seeing Jaws, it may not work the other way around. We’ll try to read at least a few Harry Potter books before getting into the movies, as well as The Hobbit. And I want to make sure this kid can name a few dinosaurs before jumping into Jurassic Park.
Perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself, but it’s all so exciting! Am I the only one who is putting more thought in their child’s film future rather than what onsie to bring them home in? What film experiences have other parents enjoyed or are looking forward to with their little ones?