The first movie me and Missus watched together in a cinema hall was 101 Dalmatians, by interval we discovered our love for dogs. The very next day I went and brought home a Dalmatian pup and named him Pluto, I am pretty sure this was the biggest factor in her deciding to marry me.
We would watch a lot of movies together, I would sleep with my head on her shoulder through the rom- coms and she would hold my hand tight during Hollywood action thrillers. The jury is still out what made my heart pump faster the action in the movie or the Missus holding my hand.
Our fondness for different kind of movies never came in between enjoying the movies together. Those were the good old days and we were both happy, thankfully god wanted us to be happier and came our Princess. Now things became a little tricky and almost for first 6 months after her birth we decided not to watch any movies as the loud sound in theater was not good for her delicate ears.
But since both of us are movie buffs we started planning on going to movies again. We tried a lot of things leave the kiddo with maid; take the maid with us. But normally the maid would watch the movie while missus will immediately take the baby out of the theater to avoid disturbance to others. I will follow her to avoid watching movie with the maid. So the maid enjoyed the movie while both of us attended to the kiddo who has special powers to scream just before a major twist in story was about to unfold.
So this idea of taking maid with us also flopped, and we would switch turns to take the kid out when she wanted to test her vocal chords. Once home we will exchange notes and update each other on the missed part by the other, I am pretty sure we are not the only couple who have a long list of half watched movies.
Kids grow fast and soon princess metamorphosed into beautiful 5 year old, now another kind of movies entered our life i.e. animation movies. Initially both of us enjoyed the roar of the lion king but how many times one can watch an animation movie. Not even a kid can explain why she wants to watch the same movie 3rd time. May be that is the reason somebody invented DVD player.
Those of you who are familiar with Gurgaon will know that it is full of malls and besides going to mall there is absolutely nothing to do in the millennium city. Soon I came with an idea that we follow till date. As most of the multiplexes have many movies simultaneously we keep an eye on show timings and whenever there are movies that all of us can watch we go together as a family.
There are times when I will go and watch an animation with the kid and Missus will go to the spa in the mall or go for shopping (same effect on her complexion as visit to spa). On other occasions, she will watch the animation with the kids and I will watch a Hollywood action thriller in next Audi, then we will have dinner together in the food court. This keeps everybody happy the kids get there dose of animation, the Mom her own time to do shopping or visit to spa, and dad can watch action thriller without having to explain the many uses of tomato ketchup. We continue to maintain this arrangement till date when we have two daughters. I have actually taken a whole battalion of our kids and their cousins to movies when relatives visit while the mothers catch-up.
When people come to know about this arrangement of ours they are surprised and they make all kind of comments from –You are spoiling the kids with bowing down to their demands, to what kind of couple you are that do not watch movies together (we do on DVDs but still love going to multiplexes for our dose of big screen experience).
We have now become immune to these comments as our little arrangement works for us and keeps everybody happy. I guess the space we give to each other actually strengthens our bond and makes us a stronger family. Touch wood!
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Sasha and Prasad Np are proud parents of 2 girls whom they fondly call Princess (11 yrs in Feb 13) and Pinkette (4 yrs next month). He wears many hats after taking a break from being corner office critter for a long time. He is now entrepreneur, blogger, photographer, traveler and an investor in startups with unique concepts. He blogs at Desi Traveler, and can be reached at Facebook and Twitter.