My Kid Talks A Lot -- Even in the Movie Theater
So this is what I think: I think the guy should have noticed that a little kid was sitting behind him and considered the consequences of that choice of seat; I think the guy could have asked us to be quiet during the film rather than being passive aggressive after we couldn't do anything about it; I think he and his son could have picked up and moved -- there were plenty of empty seats in the theater; I think he could have taken my husband aside and not said what he did in front of my six-year-old son. I'll take the blame for my son's talky talkiness any day, but when enduring it is not the only answer, I'll defend the living crap out of him. He didn't mean to ruin this stranger's night. He's a little kid.
I guess we're back to matinees and warning the people around us in the movie theater that my son talks a lot. But I'm not ready to tell my son there's something wrong with him. We'll keep working on being considerate (and he is! He worries over his friends and helps them when they are hurt or sad, giving hugs and sitting with them. He's walking empathy!), but I refuse to crush his enthusiasm. The world will take care of that in due time, I'm afraid.
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