The children went into the theater and sat in the middle together. My daughter and I sat in the back, but had a good view of them. We had thought about leaving them and seeing the movie in the next theater, but intuition helped us to decide to stay there with them.
There were only two families of three in the theater, then I noticed someone to my left; it was a heavy set man in his 30s/40s. He stood there for three or four minutes, then he proceeded in and sat down right in front of the girls. I mean he was in the next row in front of the middle girl. I wanted to see what was happening; I went down and asked them if they could see alright or needed anything. They were so excited and staring straight up at the movie, so probably didn't pay the man any attention. They said they could see fine. I told them if they wanted to move or needed anything, I was in the back of the theater, and to raise their hand to let me know.
I made sure that the man could hear what I said. I went back to my seat and in a couple of minutes, the man made like he had a phone call and got up and left.
I thought "Whew!" After a few minutes, the man came back in and stood in the doorway for a couple of minutes. It was as if I could feel his eyes on me and then he went back in to sit directly in front of the girls again. I was tempted to go move them, but waited to see what was happening.
Meanwhile, the girls were still staring up, mesmerized by the exciting movie. The man sat there for about five minutes and then pretended to get another phone call. He went out and I thought he would be back, but he never came back into the movie. Now, that was strange, but we were able to view the movie in much more ease after he left.
My point is this! Don't leave your children alone in a public venue without supervision. We tend to think our children are smart and can take care of themselves by the time they reach 10 years old. Especially if they are almost 5 feet tall. But, they are still not old enough to be unsupervised. It is not necessarily that you don't trust them, but you cannot trust strangers to behave.
This man may not have had any ulterior motive, but it was very strange, to say the least. What if he was a pervert that exposed himself to the little girls? You may think that I am a hyper-vigilant nut, but what kind of memory would that left in their innocent minds for the rest of their lives? We want to make sure that our children have happy childhoods and reach adulthood with a reasonably well-adjusted mindset.
Do not just drop your children at the movie or any other public venue, thinking there is safety in numbers! When they are young, our children are not equipped to handle uncomfortable situations. You need to have "the talk" with them, without scaring them.
My granddaughter has a cell phone and has been instructed to call her mom or dad if anything doesn't feel comfortable to her.
Do not scare the children, just let them know that they need to be focused and aware of their surroundings at all times.
Be vigilant, be loving,
be intuitive, be good parents!
be intuitive, be good parents!