On Wednesday evening my son and husband went to the cinema. They both LOVE watching films and I thought it would be nice for the 2 of them to spend some ‘man’ time together, without the women folk of the family getting in the way. When they got in they told me about the film and it seemed they had a good night together. Then later on my husband said that our son had not sat with him and had sat on his own. He even got the ticket from his dad (after of course dad had paid) and entered the cinema by himself.
This upset me that my son had chosen not to sit with his dad on a rare night out just the two of them. It also upset me that my husband had allowed it to happen. I took to twitter thinking that maybe this was no big deal and I was just doing the usual ‘mum’ overreacting thing. But no other mums agreed with me. Maybe my son was just showing his independence, and that instead of being upset maybe I should be happy that he is confident to be able to walk into a cinema and sit by himself. You know what, I don’t think I could do that.
I know that over the next few years as he becomes a teenager, spending time with us will become less important (hell maybe even non existent), and as a parent that is hard to accept. But I will try and think back to my happy teenage years, where I lived in my room and spent all my waking hours talking to my friends. I just want to cling on to family times as much as possible. Be it a cinema trip or a family game of UNO.