My fourteen year-old daughter and I wanted to see the new Star Wars movie in 3-D. My youngest daughter hates 3-D Movies because she suffers from motion sickness trying to sit through them. I, on the other hand, do not. My eldest suffers, to a lesser degree, but she weathers the storm because the new 3-D technology can make a great movie simply amazing. We saw The Last Jedi a couple of days after it opened, last week, in I-Max 2-D as a family but my daughter and I cemented plans to revisit the theater together, after Christmas, to catch the movie in all of its 3-D glory…. and thus, a small dream of mine was realized.
My wife’s cousin had a fantastic relationship with his daughter, well into her teenage years. I know what a feat this is, but I set that as a goal while my eldest daughter was just three or four years-old. I wanted to be a good enough dad that my kid and I would still have a good relationship into her teens. I knew this would leave a lot to chance, in my daughter’s choices, so I didn’t hang too much on the outcome – I would simply concentrate on my part and let the chips fall.
So without getting too mushy about it, my kid and I had a better time than I could have hoped for. It was a perfect night of laughing, popcorn, Star Wars, and entirely geeking out. I won’t claim to have crossed a finish line, because we all know there are no finish lines, but last night was definitely a small dream realized.
And yes, she knows how special the night was to me because I told her.