Two and a Half Stars, and No Flaps

The boys are on winter break this week and we took a trip to the movies. They love going the movies, even with the loud speakers. At many of the movies, both boys get obviously excited during the action segments. SJ always puts a smile on my face during these times. Over the past few months, I smiled watching him as Lightening McQueen ran the big race in Cars. I smiled as he saw Roddy and Rita fight the waves in Flushed away. During these times, he gets out of his seat, jumps up and down and flaps.

Since we first observed SJ flap his hands at age three or four, we recognized that it’s something he only does when he’s excited. He doesn’t jump and flap when he’s anxious or upset, but just when he’s excited. So when SJ, flaps, I smile with pleasure. I wouldn’t know how to interpret someone else’s flapping and I’m pretty clueless as to how SJ’s flapping appears to others. I do know that when SJ flaps, he’s happy, very happy. And, that is certain to put a smile on my face.

Today we saw Bridge to Terabithia. I was disappointed in the movie. Afterwards, when I asked SJ how it was, he told me that he gave it two and half stars out of five. The most disappointing part to me was that SJ didn’t give it any flaps.

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5 Responses to Two and a Half Stars, and No Flaps

  1. Kristina says:

    Charlie always has to get up a few times when we see movies in theatres. He has been choosing a seat in the back and I try to go when it is not too busy (on the other hand, it’s not a bad thing to go when a lot of kid are there—-plenty of other voices stage-whispering during the show).

    Think we’ll skip Bridge—-Charlie really liked Flushed Away.

  2. Emily says:

    We used to sing “if you’re happy and you know it flap your hands!” Glad to hear this tradition lives on. My son no longer flaps. His “different” thing in the movies now is that he laughs very loudly, very long, and little bit after everyone else!

  3. mcewen says:

    The tics are less frequent although they do return periodically, but the vocalization happens when he’s concentrating / focused as well as when he’s excited.

  4. Brett says:

    Z absolutely HATES going to the movies and very very rarely will sit down with us to watch a movie at home. When he does sit down to watch, though, he usually enjoys it. I’m not sure exactly what it is that bothers him (loud noise/music from his video games doesn’t seem to bother him), I’m sure it is a combination of things.

    One thing he absolutely has no tolerance for is THX encoding. He doesn’t even want us to play a THX movie when he’s not around – if we want to buy one we have to do it when he isn’t with us.

  5. Ian Parker says:

    The Bear also tends to flap when very happy and excited (oh, and when she’s trying to hold in a BM, but she has a much different expression on her face at that time). As such, I also see flapping as a window into her mood, and see no reason to try to stop her. Instead, I also smile along with her.

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